In new film, students are guides to Ad’k climate change

LAKE PLACID – Mountain Lake PBS and Bright Blue EcoMedia have teamed up to make a new documentary looking at the effects of climate change in the Adirondacks and the next generation working to make a difference.

The world premiere of “The Resilient Ones: A Generation Takes on Climate Change” will be at the Adirondack Research Consortium’s Annual Conference at 7 p.m. today at the High Peaks Resort. The Wild Center in Tupper Lake will host a screening on June 13 at 7 p.m.

In August 2011, Hurricane Irene ripped through the Adirondack Mountains of northern New York, destroying private homes and community infrastructure and upsetting the ecological systems in this wilderness area. Irene exposed how even mountainous, inland areas can be vulnerable to extreme weather events.

In the aftermath of the storm, the fillm follows three high school students taking viewers on a journey through the region to meet local leaders and innovators as they search for both short-term adaptive strategies to extreme weather and long-term solutions to reducing carbon emissions. Cody Bary, Erin Weaver and Gina Fiorile gather experience and information as they prepare for and host the 2013 Youth Climate Summit, where 400 students meet, collaborate and draft action plans.

The film demonstrates how this region serves as a bellwether for climate change in the rest of the country and sounds a call for awareness, and both individual and collective response.

Experts are also interviewed including Curt Stager, professor of natural sciences at Paul Smith’s College; Jerry Jenkins of the Wildlife Conservation Society; and Ken Mudge of the Department of Horticulture at Cornell University.