While I am of course sad for RadioWest that their excellent work did not win, I think that Frontline’s entry, The Last Generation, presents a very necessary education on global warming and sea-level rising. Thanks so much, everybody, for your enthusiasm for and support of RadioWest’s entry, “Gerda.”
About the winner, The Last Generation:
“What is it like to grow up in a place that’s going away?
“This question lies at the heart of The Last Generation, a cinematic interactive story that brings audiences into the lives of three children who face losing not just their homes, but their entire nation, to rising seas.
“The Marshall Islands, a smattering of 1,000 low-lying coral uplifts halfway between Hawaii and Australia, are home to more than 50,000 people.
Image Source: MSNBC
Nearly half of the population “are under the age of 18. Scientists predict that if global temperature rise is not contained, the islands could become uninhabitable within the lifetimes of the children living there today. Through intimate moments, the film’s young protagonists – 9-year-old Izerman, 14-year-old Julia and 12-year-old Wilmer – provide unique insight into what’s at stake”.
The Last Generation’s “tapestry of video, text, illustration, data visualization, and sound allows the user to actively engage with this rich history and the reality of what may lie ahead. By embracing a multimedia approach, this project lets the user choose their own pace for moving through the experience, and engage with materials at a depth that feels meaningful to them.”
I am so sad for these bright and informed kids of the Marshall Islands that their world is probably going to disappear in their lifetime. You can see the winning show here: The Last Generation.