National Geographic Documentary Films Announces the Last Ice in National Geographic Pristine Seas
WASHINGTON–(COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Scientific projections predict the total disappearance of summer ice in the Arctic – the critical cooling system of our planet – by 2040. THE LAST ICE tells the story of Inuit communities who fight to protect the rapidly vanishing Arctic that has been their home for centuries. Filmed over four years and featuring interviews with Inuit community leaders, traditional hunters, activists and youth, THE LAST ICE has been screened at film festivals around the world, including Movies that Matter and Mountainfilm. Directed by Scott Ressler and produced by Dr. Enric Sala, National Geographic Explorer in Residence and Founder of Virgin Seas National Geographic, the feature film will premiere on the National Geographic Channel in October in 172 countries and 43 languages.
As the pack ice between Canada and Greenland melts, the outside world sees unprecedented opportunities. Oil and gas deposits, faster shipping routes, tourism and fishing all offer financial incentives to tap the newly opened waters. But for the more than 100,000 Inuit who live in the Arctic, on and around the frozen ocean, a whole way of life is at stake. Development here threatens to upset the balance between their communities, their lands and their wildlife. , leaving more and more uncertain the future of this region and their culture. Today, the Inuit of Canada and Greenland are uniting again and fighting to protect what will be left of their homeland when the ice melts. The question is, will the world listen?
âThe melting of the Arctic sea ice has profound consequences at all levels – from local to global and ecological to cultural,â said executive producer Dr Sala. “My hope with THE LAST ICE is to spotlight resilient Inuit communities battling climate change, as their livelihoods and culture are threatened by the dramatic transformation of the Arctic.
âNational Geographic is deeply committed to inspiring and educating people about the importance of protecting our planet,â said Carolyn Bernstein, executive vice president, Global Scripted Content and Documentary Films at National Geographic Partners. âWe are delighted to present the work of Dr. Enric Sala, one of the greatest champions of our natural world, and to share with our viewers this crucial mission and the important stories of Inuit communities in THE LAST ICE. ”
The feature documentary is part of a global, multiplatform celebration of the work of National Geographic Pristine Seas, a National Geographic Society project that aims to help protect the ocean’s last remaining wild places. Cross-platform content includes the world premiere of the hour-long special SEA PRINTED (wt) in September, which takes a detailed look at the ocean conservation program founded by Sala in 2008 which, through more than 30 expeditions, has helped inspire the protection of more than 5 million square kilometers of ocean in 22 areas protected. From the coral reefs of Palau and the icebergs of the Russian Arctic to the kelp forests of the Juan Fernandez Islands, the special follows Sala and his team of marine biologists, explorers and filmmakers as they travel the world in a race to save our ocean.
National Geographic magazine will also highlight the invaluable work of Pristine Seas in its next September issue. Featuring Sala’s iconic photograph, the story will examine Pristine Seas’ ambitious new goal: to help world leaders protect 30 percent of the world’s oceans by 2030, an action that would not only maintain biodiversity, but increase also fish stocks and would help stabilize the climate.
Finally, National Geographic also publishes Sala’s latest book, Nature of nature, August 25. The book convincingly explains why protecting nature is our best health insurance, why it makes economic sense, and why it is our moral imperative. Once we understand how nature works, says Dr Sala, we will understand why conservation is economically wise and essential to our survival.
THE LAST ICE is produced by National Geographic Pristine Seas. For National Geographic Pristine Seas, Dr. Enric Sala is executive producer; Scott Ressler is a director and producer; Brian Newell is a post-producer and editor; and Neil Gelinas is a producer.
ABOUT DR. SALA ENRIC
National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Enric Sala founded and runs Pristine Seas, a project that combines exploration, research and media to inspire country leaders to protect the ocean’s last wild places. To date, Pristine Seas has helped create 22 of the largest marine reserves on the planet, covering an area of ââ5.8 million square kilometers, more than half the size of the United States. Dr Sala has received numerous awards, including the Young Global Leader Award from the World Economic Forum 2008, the Explorers Club Lowell Thomas Award 2013, the Hero Award 2013 from the Environmental Media Association, the 2016 Russian Geographical Society Award and the 2018 Heinz Prize in Public Policy. He is a member of the Royal Geographical Society and sits on the boards of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, the National Aquarium and Global Fishing Watch. He is also an advisor to the World Bank and other international organizations and governments.
About National Geographic Documentaries
National Geographic Documentary Films is committed to delivering world-class documentary feature films that cover topical, provocative and globally relevant stories from the world’s best documentary makers. National Geographic Documentary Films is a division of National Geographic Partners, a joint venture between Disney and the National Geographic Society. Advancing knowledge and understanding of our world has been National Geographic’s primary focus for 132 years, and now we are committed to doing more, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people across around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages ââevery month as we do. NGP donates 27% of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com Where nationalgeographic.com.
About National Geographic Pristine Seas
National Geographic Virgin seas is dedicated to protecting some of the ocean’s most biologically significant areas. Pristine Seas inspired the creation of protected areas where marine life can thrive while ensuring effective management for years to come. The project has helped protect more than 5 million square kilometers in 22 protected areas to date and works in support of a global goal to protect at least 30 percent of the ocean by 2030. Pristine Seas partners with country leaders, business leaders, NGOs and governments and communities, and has established some of the world’s largest marine reserves. Since its inception, the project has led more than 30 expeditions, including several to the Arctic, to study and raise awareness of the adverse effects of declining sea ice in the region.