British Columbia, Canada’s most westerly Province along the Pacific coast, is a hotspot to visualize and experience how global warming affects local environments and communities. Heat waves, droughts, melting glaciers, pest outbreaks, back-to-back record setting forest fires, and changes to the oceans. David Suzuki, renowned scientist, broadcaster, and environmentalist, helps guide the journey to explore the human and environmental impacts of climate change in British Columbia.
Dr. Ian Mauro is a filmmaker and academic at the University of Winnipeg. Mauro is a pioneer of multi-media methodologies, scholarship and education. He holds a BSc in Environmental Science and PhD in Geography and his work focuses on climate change, food security, industrial development and strategies to build vibrant, resilient, low carbon communities across scales.
He uses participatory video to collect, communicate and conserve local and indigenous knowledge, an approach that allows people who live on the land to tell their own stories, in their own language, within the landscapes where their knowledge has been generated. He was awarded an “Apple Distinguished Educator” award for his approach.
Mauro launched Beyond Climate, which was shot across British Columbia between 2014-2015. As part of the participatory filmmaking process, Drs. Suzuki and Mauro toured throughout coastal BC on a “Listening Tour” that engaged citizens, and these insights combined with additional interviews contributed to the final film that is now released.