We Are All Related Here

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We Are All Related Here (50-minutes) is a documentary film that tells the story of the Yup'ik people of Newtok, Alaska, who are being forced to relocate to their village due to the erosion and flooding they are experiencing as a result of global warming. We meet some of the people The New York Times, The Guardian and NPR are calling America's "climate refugees," and learn about the history and culture of the Yup'ik people of Newtok, who are being forced to relocate their village due to the erosion and flooding they are experiencing as a result of global warming.

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We witness their traditional ways of hunting, fishing and dancing in this village where the Yup'ik language is spoken fluently by the elders and children alike. The film also shows the devastation that is taking place in Newtok as a result of climate change and describes the multiple challenges facing the residents as they prepare to relocate their village nine miles south to a site called Mertarvik.

 

Robin Bronen, the Executive Director of the Alaska Institute for Justice and Senior Research Scientist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Institute of Arctic Biology, addresses the limitations of current disaster relief legislation and the implications for those being threatened by climate change. We also hear from the Deputy Regional Executive/Center Director of the U.S. Geological Survey Alaska Science Center, Carl Markon, who provides us with some context for the erosion and flooding that are occurring in Newtok. Finally, Sally Russell Cox, a planner with the state of Alaska in charge of helping the village to relocate, explains some of the difficulties involved with securing the funding needed for relocation. She also gives us an overview of the process for relocating this village—that the Army Corps of Engineers estimates has only two years until its largest and most significant buildings are impacted.

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