The documentary, which has been filmed over four years, is directed by Scott Ressler and executive produced by Enric Sala.
National Geographic Abu Dhabi has announced that it will air a new documentary on climate change, titled The Last Ice, on October 30 at 9 pm UAE time.
The documentary tells the story of the Inuit communities fighting to protect the rapidly disappearing Arctic that has been their home for centuries. Scientific projections forecast the total disappearance of summer sea ice in the Arctic by as early as 2040.
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.
As the sea ice between Canada and Greenland melts, the outside world sees unprecedented opportunity. Oil and gas deposits, faster shipping routes, tourism and fishing all provide financial incentive to exploit the newly opened waters.
But for more than 100,000 Inuit who live in the Arctic, on and around the frozen ocean, an entire way of life is at stake. Development here threatens to upset the balance between their communities, land and wildlife, leaving the future of this region and their culture increasingly uncertain.
Today, Inuit in Canada and Greenland are once again coming together, fighting to protect what will remain of their homeland as the ice melts.
The documentary is directed by Scott Ressler and executive produced by Enric Sala, National Geographic explorer-in-residence and founder of National Geographic Pristine Seas.
Commenting on the documentary, Sala said: “The melting of the Arctic sea ice has profound consequences on all levels, from local to global and ecological to cultural. My hope with The Last Ice is to shine a light on the resilient Inuit communities who are fighting against climate change, as their livelihood and culture are threatened by the dramatically transforming Arctic.”