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What if you had to leave your home forever? Takuu, a tiny atoll in Papua New Guinea, contains the last Polynesian culture of its kind. Facing escalating climate-related impacts, including a terrifying flood, community members Teloo, Endar, and Satty, take us on an intimate journey to the core of their lives and dreams. Will they relocate to war-ravaged Bougainville - becoming environmental refugees - or fight to stay? Two visiting scientists investigate on the island, leading audience and community to a greater understanding of climate change.
There Once Was an Island is an excellent case study for discussions about displaced communities, democracy, decision making, adaptation, conservation, and human rights. Four years in the making and winner of 15 international awards, this PBS documentary inspires audiences young and old to consider the immediacy of climate change and its cultural, political and environmental impacts, now and into the future. Recommended by educators as a valuable teaching companion for courses in:
- Environmental Studies
- Human Rights
- Political Science and International Law
- Immigration & Border Studies
- Peace and Conflict Resolution
- International Relations
- Film & Media Studies
- Indigenous and Pacific Studies
- Oceanography and Geomorphology
- Environmental Engineering