Kent Fielding presented to School Board members the possibility of a climate change project in which select students would travel to an island that is being threatened by climate change.
Islands such as Kiribati, Maldives and more are being considered. Kiribati is just one example of an island that could disappear in the next 50 years due to climate change, he said.
Fielding said the students would be required to research climate change for one to two years before traveling to the location, whereupon they would interview politicians and create a documentary.
Upon returning to Skagway, students would take what they had learned and would host a festival to share their knowledge and documentaries with the community.
The trip, which Fielding coined “project based learning,” would require fundraising from the students to pay for their flights, housing and food.
“This kind of project would utilize science, English and technology. If it does get approved, it would be a project I would try to get Mr. Wortman involved in as well, as he is a scientist,” Fielding said.