How will climate change affect the daily lives of Minnesotans, in particular, their health? That's the question explored in this documentary that was created from a partnership between the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Twin Cities Public Television (tpt).
Two MDH programs, Minnesota Climate & Health and Minnesota Environmental Public Health Tracking, played a key role in developing content and finding experts to speak on various topics. The video features interviews with meteorologists Mark Seeley and Paul Douglas, and staff from MDH, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Department of Natural Resources.
The documentary is a magazine-style production that includes short segments that can stand-alone as clips. It highlights the impact of climate change on our day-to-day lives. It explores how climate change will impact Minnesotans in areas including sports, recreation and farming. The purpose is to engage middle-school students, their families, teachers and coaches, and empower them to adapt to Minnesota's changing climate.
The department is developing educational materials for middle school students. Those materials will encourage discussion of climate and health and reinforce the concepts presented in the documentary.
Health and Climate is available on the MDH website for use by teachers, students, and others at: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/climatechange/climatevideo.html.
For additional broadcasts of Health and Climate, visit http://www.tpt.org/