This educator exchange site is a companion to the The Shore Line interactive project that features videos, interactive maps, flood views and educational resources about the combined threats of storms, sea-level rise, and unchecked development along our global coast. Our objective for the educators’ exchange is to offer a space where teachers can share how they are using the project in their classrooms and access new teaching resources.
THE SHORE LINE PROJECT
Half the world’s population lives near the coast, an increasingly precarious location.The surge of coastal tourism, development projects in low-lying communities, the increased dumping of garbage and sewage into the sea, and predictions around violent storms and rising sea levels are threatening our shorelines. 2017 has already ushered in destruction and displacement with increasingly violent storms and rising seas. Hurricane Irma destroyed Caribbean islands and forced the evacuation of six and a half million residents of Florida. South Asian floods killed over 1000 individuals and impacted more than 41 million. In Quebec, thousands of Montrealers were affected by historic spring flooding.
Stories of resilience and hope emerge despite these ongoing disasters. Documentary maker Liz Miller in collaboration with a team of international filmmakers and students from five continents developed 43 video portraits of people at the frontlines, discovering solutions.This collaborative documentary features students, architects, scientists, planners, teachers, activists, and artists. From North America to Asia to the South Pacific, meet Mohammed, an architect of floating schools for the children of Bangladesh, Joe, a New Jersey builder who mobilized his neighborhood in the wake of Hurricane Sandi, The Sagar Island Women’s collective who are developing salt-resistant seeds in the Sundarbans, or Ioane, of Kiribati, one of the first climate refugee claimants. Explore the films and ready-made educational materials of The Shore Line to inspire local resilience in your classrooms and communities.