The expedition will mark the first attempt of its kind. Following this journey across the norther edge of the North America, the feature film explores the human condition, the history of the NWP, Inuit who have lived there for millennia, and the climate change that paradoxically threatens it and allows Karl to navigate it.
Climate change is the most urgent topic facing the Earth today. Forest fires, hurricanes, and shifting coast lines affect communities across the globe. Not only are the effects amplified in the Arctic, but Karl’s journey through the Northwest Passage is only possible because of the increased Arctic ice melt in the last 10 years.
Those with the resources to curb the effects of climate change are the same forces that see this newly opened waterway as a market ripe for exploration. It is a disputed area: Russia planted a flag 4000 meters below the ice at the North Pole to claim it as their own; China now boasts a fleet of icebreakers; Canada claims jurisdiction over the shipping lanes, while the United States maintains these are international waters.
As you move farther north, the borders and motives between Russia, Canada, and the United States increasingly overlap.
Consequently, Inuit who have lived there for millennia are more vulnerable than ever. Karl’s expedition plans to stop at only 7 small villages along the way to resupply. While there, he will listen to a collection of voices on the frontline of climate change. 2007 Noble Peace prize Nominee and Inuk, Shelia Watt-Cloutier, stresses that we must look to the “experiences of Inuit as a harbinger of what is to come, and seek their guidance on how to live more sustainably.”