Ocean Cities: Exploring Our Connection to the Sea

56 min. Chuck Davis & Tim Beatley, dist. by Green Planet, www.greenplanetfilms.org. 2018. DVD UPC 714497274454. $39; acad. libs. $195; DSL + DVD $250. SDH subtitles. ENVIRONMENT
Beatley, an urban planning professor, here hosts a brisk tour of some "blue cities" that are making connections to the ocean via topics such as marine education, sustainable seafood, sea-level rise, and coastline management. Viewers glimpse Baltimore's National Aquarium, which is operating innovative programs; a nature center in Biscayne, FL; and a sustainable seafood nonprofit advising restaurants in San Francisco. Miami, FL, is upgrading public infrastructure against sea-level rise. New York has a South Staten Island breakwater seeded with oysters and a storm-resilient Brooklyn Bridge Park. In the Netherlands, Rotterdam is constructing floating buildings and flood-absorbing public spaces, aiming to be "climate proof" by 2025.
VERDICT Environmental change is challenging all coastal cities to develop strategies to live with the sea for the long term. For all viewers.
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