Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  25 minutes
Date:  2005
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 7-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Warming Up in Mongolia

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Unless sustainable alternatives are introduced, Mongolia's dependence on fossil fuels and rapid urbanization threatens the environment.

Life 4 - Warming Up in Mongolia

Ulaan Baatar is the coldest capital city in the world, with winter lasting for seven months of the year. Following the collapse of communist rule in 1991, increasing numbers of Mongolians are moving into the city, where they mostly live in sprawling, polluted and unplanned slums. Today the Mongolian Government is working with international development agencies in an attempt to ensure a sustainable transition into the modern world. This Life film looks at how Mongolia is powering itself. All electricity produced in Mongolia comes from fossil fuels. What can be done to repair environmental damage and introduce sustainable alternatives? Life examines the long-term environmental implications of exhausting Mongolia's natural resources - global warming, environmental degradation, desertification - and asks, what clean technological solutions are there to Mongolia's problems?

'The importance of these films is that they are intended to raise awareness about global issues in young people, and can be used by anyone for this purpose. The quality of the films is excellent. They are documentaries about the U.N. Millennium Development Goals and include brief interviews with people who are actually involved in MDG programs, from various institutions and from the grassroots to executive level...The objective evidence about the current global crisis of insecurity, poverty, gender inequalities, environmental degradation, and lack of international cooperation is presented in a way that is both realistic and non-inflammatory.

Children are the future. Educational materials such as the Bullfrog Films are very important for the future of both humanity and the human habitat...The Bullfrog Films certainly can and should be shown to children, especially to high school students. But these films are most appropriate for those who prepare the children for responsible citizenship, including global citizenship. They are certainly appropriate for parents who want their children to know about the need for human solidarity and environmental sustainability. And, they are most appropriate for training teachers to plant the seed of global concerns in their students' minds and hearts.' Luis Gutierrez, Editor, Solidarity, Sustainability, and Non-Violence Research Newsletter


Main credits

Liu, John D. (film director)
Richards, Jenny (consultant)
Gawin, Luke (film producer)
Kerby, Adam (editor of moving image work)
Kyriacou, Sotira (editor of moving image work)
Kelly, Brenda (film producer)
Andoh, Adjoa (narrator)

Other credits

Editors, Adam Kerby, Sotira Kyriacou; executive producer, Brenda Kelly.

Distributor credits

Brenda Kelly

John D. Liu

Brenda Kelly
John D. Liu
Series Producer: Luke Gawin
Series Consultant: Jenny Richards

Docuseek2 subjects

Resource Planning and Management
Urban Studies
Climate Change
Cultural Anthropology
Science and Technology
Environmental Anthropology

Distributor subjects

Asian Studies
Developing World
Millennium Development Goals
Natural Resources
Science, Technology, Society
Sustainable Development
United Nations


Mongolia, Asia, Asian Studies, global warming, slums, slum dwellers, sustainable development, urbanization, environment, desertification, Ulaan Baatar; "Warming Up in Mongolia"; Bullfrog Films

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