Restoration: One Coast, One Solution
2019, High School, Film
Quite often we become focused on the problems closest to us, so much we don’t realize the same problem may affect many others. I’m certainly guilty of this, spending much time on how climate change effects Alaska, and forgetting how pertinent it is to learn about the rest of the world as well. In my film, “Restoration: One Coast-One Solution,” one component is reminding viewers that climate change is a universal problem, and though the oceans we’re near seem drastically different, we can still work together to find a solution. The other main idea of my film is restoration. I was inspired by the theme “Presence of the Future,” because often when dealing with climate change we constantly compare oceans to how they were, instead of looking towards how they could be. With my film I hoped to express there is no way to go back to how marine ecosystems once were, but restoration can bring us to a new—possibly greater—future. To give the full impact of why reversal is unattainable, I used my favorite form of expressing creativity: dance. Formerly, I’ve used dance to connect with audiences and express my passionate emotions about the ocean, but this year I wanted my dancing to be a palpable symbol to bring emphasis to the meaning of the film. I learned to use technology to reverse dance videos, bringing full circle the idea of restoration over reversal.