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High Tide in Dorchester

  • Fenimore Art Museum 5798 State Highway 80 Cooperstown, NY, 13326 United States (map)
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Post-screening discussion

with filmmaker Sandy Cannon-Brown

At the mouth of the Susquehanna where the mighty river meets the Chesapeake Bay, High Tide in Dorchester engages the local population in a frank conversation about climate change, rising sea levels, and erosion—and documents how their conversation is shifting into action. Dorchester County, Maryland, is already experiencing the future that increasingly faces coastal areas worldwide. This low-lying county on the Eastern Shore is the fourth largest of Maryland’s 23 counties but it is destined to drop to the 14th largest by 2100 or even sooner, as waters rise and erosion worsens. Dorchester is a coal miner’s canary—and ground zero for the Chesapeake Region. Historically, millions of people have sought to live as close to that shoreline as possible, but few communities are adequately planning to meet the imminent challenges of restraint, retreat, and adaptation. Rising seas also threaten many species of waterfowl and other birds, and the film looks closely at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge where managers are already dealing with the impacts of the rising tide. “If the consequences of global warming and rising sea levels and the worsening erosion and the high tides they bring seem a little hazy to you, come take a tour of Dorchester County where the future is now.” – Tom Horton. Sandy Cannon-Brown will be present for debate and discussion. (Sandy Cannon-Brown, Tom Horton, Dave Harp, 2017, 57 minutes)

Earlier Event: November 10
Faces, Places (Visages, Villages)