‘Between Earth and Sky’ to be featured at the 2017 Colorado Environmental Film Festival this February. Mark your calendars!
A documentary chronicling the research of Chien-Lu Ping, a professor of soil sciences at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, has been selected to be shown at the Colorado Environmental Film Festival as well as the 25th Annual Environmental Film Festival in Washington, D.C.
The film, “Between Earth and Sky,” was directed by Paul Allen Hunton, KTTZ-TV station manager, and produced by David C. Weindorf, associate dean for research at the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources.
Weindorf, affiliate faculty member of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, said he wanted to document the research conducted on soil in the Arctic by Ping and his students. For years, Weindorf and Ping have been taking students on Arctic soil field tours to study the alterations to the environment brought on by climate change.
“Every time when I took students on this trip, they would come back and invariably tell me that they would never look at the world in the same way again,” Weindorf said. “That was the experience we wanted to capture while educating the viewers on the effects of carbon buildup in the soil of Arctic ecosystems.”.
The film includes interviews with business owners, train conductors and ordinary citizens who have observed climate change first-hand in their everyday lives.
Weindorf said. “The film aims to support the consensus opinion of the scientific community concerning climate change as an undeniable fact.”
By refusing to politicize climate change, the filmmakers hope to convey that there is a need for environmental conservation in today’s world.
Without a doubt, the film explores climate change from a non-partisan standpoint. With the technology for alternative energies well within grasp, the filmmakers hope to influence a greater push toward conservational polices being put in place by government officials.
“What’s interesting about climate change is that it’s an observable phenomenon,” Hunton said. “With coastal erosion continuing to be studied and less Arctic ice to be found, the consequences of our own actions are starting to be seen.”