Climate change is often presented in the language of science. For example, an online search for how climate change will affect the iconic Maine lobster turns up pages of articles full of statistics.

Lobster video screenshot

But for a more engaging look at the topic, the animated video “A Climate Calamity in the Gulf of Maine: The Lobster Pot Heats Up” may be just the thing. Here’s a clip about the impact of warmer water on lobsters:

Narrator: As ocean temperatures rise, they become stressed and more vulnerable to shell diseases and parasites.

Character 1: Looks like somethin’ from outta The Walking Dead.

Producer Andy O’Brien explains why O’Chang Studios created an animated video for such a serious topic.

O’Brien: “We really wanted to make this sort of ordinarily dry scientific data accessible and engaging.”

Funded by NOAA Sea Grant, the video explains the current lobster boom and how climate change is projected to affect lobsters in the future. It’s being shown in classrooms, which O’Brien considers a win.

O’Brien: “Children haven’t necessarily made up their minds about everything. They’re still learning about how the world works and I think that this is a good opportunity to reach out to them with a fun, sort of entertaining cartoon about a pretty alarming issue.”

Reporting credit: ChavoBart Digital Media/Franklin Crawford.
Photo source: A Climate Calamity in the Gulf of Maine: The Lobster Pot Heats Up (video screenshot).

More Resources
A Climate Calamity in the Gulf of Maine: The Lobster Pot Heats Up (video)
O’Chang Comics website
University of Maine Sea Grant Program
Maine Climate Future report

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