As the 2015 Paris Climate Conference pushes into overtime, much attention will soon be placed on the resulting global agreement and what it means for the future. Over the past two weeks, the delegates have used a variety of tools to help them chart a path forward, including an innovative new map that showcases climate action from all over the globe in an easily digestible format.
Part map, part documentary, the GIS World Map of Youth Climate Report aims to reveal the people behind the world’s most significant climate research. Mark Terry, film producer and Fellow of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, created the map by using a Google app called Fusion.
“It’s really a brand new concept in documentary filmmaking,” says Terry of the combination of GIS technology with traditional videography storytelling. The Youth Climate Report also includes a more traditional documentary (see above).
Clicking on the various points around the map opens a video of the researcher and their work, a link to their organization or institution for additional reference and a link to an online profile of the researcher.
It’s a great, easy way for policy makers to get a sense of the science they need to know about, says Terry. But the map doesn’t just serve as a data delivery tool — it also helps engage youth in climate science and action. Each of the interviews was conducted by a team of under-25ers, thereby giving youth a voice at prominent policy discussions, Terry adds.
The project includes interviews with climate researchers such as Sally Aitken, director of the Centre for Forest Conservation Genetics at the University of British Columbia, Mark Fisher, president and CEO of the Council of the Great Lakes Region, Ron Tremblay, climate researcher and Councillor for Tobique First Nation and member of Wolustuk Grand Council.