By Paul Homewood
The Guardian has been plugging this short film by Dan McDougall about the “changing climate” in Greenland.
The perfect storm of a changing climate and the rapid encroachment of the modern age has dramatically impacted the Arctic people — forcing them to cope with change beyond their immediate control in the present — not the future. The short film Open Water is a triptych narrative, based on the lives of three Greenlanders: a hunter, a ship’s captain, and a fisherman, individuals whose very existence and heritage is intertwined with the Arctic Ocean. On a warming planet, open water, an ocean without ice, offers both economic opportunity for fishermen in terms of access to halibut grounds in winter and a longer tourism season, but also cultural decay in terms of traditional ways of life.
The film consists simply of the words of the three Greenlanders themselves, which along with stunning film and moody music creates plenty of emotional hype.
Central to it, of course, are the repeated claims by the locals that the climate is getting warmer and the ice is melting away.
The film is centred around Ilulissat on the west coast and the south east around Tasiilaq.
So what is wrong with the picture painted?
Quite simply that temperatures on both coasts of Greenland are no higher now than they were between the 1920s and 40s:
It is interesting to note actually that none of the interviewees seemed think the warming since the colder interlude is actually a bad thing. Indeed, it is a positive boon for the fisherman who can take his boat out for longer in the year.
Apparently the film is strongly tipped for awards.
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November 26, 2020 at 05:03AM