This video was filmed on November 15, 2012 as part of the National Geographic Live! Lecture series at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Photographer Paul Nicklen uses his camera to reveal the nature of a world melting away under human-induced global warming. "I call myself an interpreter and a translator," says Nicklen. "I translate what the scientists are telling me. If we lose ice, we stand to lose an entire ecosystem. I hope we can realize through my photography how interconnected these species are to ice. It just takes one image to get someone's attention."
Whether he is ice diving among leopard seals in Antarctica, covering hundreds of miles of terrain in minus 40°F temperatures, or mastering aerial shots from his ultralight plane, Paul Nicklen has specialized in photographing polar regions since 1995.
- Photographing narwhals (start-0:27 min.)
- The opportunity of a photographer's lifetime: a bowhead whale appears (0:28-1:16 min.)
- A bowhead whale's lifetime (1:17-1:43 min.)
- Current threats: the loss of sea ice (1:44-2:19 min.)
Strategies for Using Video in a Variety of Learning Environments
- Have students preview several of the videos and choose the one they find most inspiring. Have students describe in writing a conversation they might have with the speaker(s).
- Freeze the video on a relevant image. Have students observe details in the still image and jot down predictions of what the full video might address. Discuss students’ ideas before and after watching the video.
- Pose an open-ended question before students watch the video, and have them discuss their ideas before and after in small groups.
- Have students determine what they think the key message of this video is. Was the speaker effective in getting his or her message across?
- Show a short clip to engage students during class, and then have students watch the full video at home and write a paragraph responding to the content or a question you give them.
- Have students note statements that represent facts or opinions, including where it’s difficult to tell the difference. What further research might help distinguish facts vs. opinions? How might the speaker’s viewpoint compare with others’ viewpoints about a topic?
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry climate change Noun
gradual changes in all the interconnected weather elements on our planet.
Encyclopedic Entry: climate change hypothermia Noun
potentially deadly condition in which an organism's body temperature drops.
Industrial Revolution Noun
change in economic and social activities, beginning in the 18th century, brought by the replacement of hand tools with machinery and mass production.
marine mammal Noun
an animal that lives most of its life in the ocean but breathes air and gives birth to live young, such as whales and seals.
large body of salt water that covers most of the Earth.
Encyclopedic Entry: ocean sea ice Noun
layer of frozen ocean water that forms in the Arctic and Antarctic.
industry of hunting whales.