Director: Bjorn Olsen
Alaska Thaw is the 2018 Winner of the the Witnessing Change Video Competition. Filmmaker Bjørn Olson’s short film uses images of the people and landscape of his home state of Alaska to create a haunting film that elicits the connection between history, memory, and landscape, and questions what it means for all of these things when thousands of years of culture and geological history starts to vanish in the space of a human lifetime.
Director: Gitanjali Rao
Millions of people around the world are exposed to lead contamination of water and its harmful effects. Exposure to lead, especially in children, have lasting effects to development of brain, nervous system, and organs. It is estimated that over 5000 water systems, in US alone, have lead contamination issues. The problem is compounded by the fact that accurate and actionable detection of lead in water today is an expensive and time consuming process.
Director: Colin Williams
A short animation about Ecological forecasting and how it attempts to predict environmental conditions based on interactions between organisms and their environment on a longer time scale. This field of research is important because it can provide a glimpse into the future state of an ecosystem, from wildlands, like forests and marshes, to managed lands, like farms and cities.
Director: Colin Williams
Eddy Covariance is how an ecosystem’s “breathing” is measured, as explained in this video. It’s the CO2 and other gases that are exchanged between soil, vegetation, and the air in an ecosystem. The data it provides helps scientists to develop models that forecast long-term trends in CO2 and greenhouse gases.
Director: Sebastian Aragón, Will Hassel, Owen Jolles
Climate change is coming, and it’s coming fast. To conquer the bare slopes this winter, buy grass skis! It’s simple. Just tape them to your feet, butter them up, and your ready to go. This new alternative to skiing on snow is cheap, easy to use, and a great way to adapt to to a changing climate.
Director: Christopher Jacob Jones
A Marine veteran turned scientist teams up with a scrappy sailor to shed light on plastic pollution in our oceans via an extravagant stunt: sailing from California to Hawaii on a raft made of 15,000 plastic bottles. Dogged by leaky bottles, foul weather, and dwindling supplies, what was planned as a five week spectacle slowly unravels into an 88 day odyssey
Director: Malia Cahill
This short film full of ocean imagery references the coral polyp’s central role in the Kumulipo, or Hawaiian creation chant, as a metaphor for its current role as warning sign of the destruction modern humans are doing to our oceans. The film features voiceovers by local ocean advocates Ekolu Lindsey, Lily Solano and Paige Alms about rediscovering our kuleana to protect our ocean.