The Arctic is undergoing dramatic and irreversible change, traceable to climate. "What happens in the Arctic does not stay in the Arctic.” When it comes to the climate crisis, this oft-repeated phrase is particularly true. The Labrador Current is weakening. Consequently, the neighboring Gulf of Maine is warming faster than 99% of the world's oceans. And this is just one of multiple vital connections between "Arctic" and "Earth." Compass Light has witnessed these linkages in over 20 Arctic films we have produced in the last 30 years (our most recent Arctic film* at right).
Our ArcticEarth Project is a 6-year commitment to story development and production focused on the eastern Arctic: from our home in the Gulf of Maine to the Labrador Sea to Baffin Bay. To accomplish this goal, we are positioning a 56-foot professionally crewed wind-powered high-latitude vessel in these waters between 2022 and 2027. This platform will support the work of our filmmakers and colleagues, and will also assist the scientific research and carbon drawdown work of others, including indigenous people. Operations will include scuba surveys and underwater cinematography, UAV aerial surveys and cinematography, profiling CTD and water sampling plus underwater acoustics.
Organizational partners are Conservation Media Group, BlueMarvel, and others in the Arctic Council. More to come.
*film above commissioned by OAT