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“Arctic Sea Ice and Indigenous Peoples”

March 23 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm EDT

Please join IRAS for the next session of our monthly webinar series, Science, Religion, and Society:

Dr. Henry Huntington, Eagle River, Alaska: chief scientist Ocean Conservancy

Respondent: Maureen Penjueli, Coordinator for the Pacific Network on Globalization, with a focus on indigenous world views & science

March 23, 2022, at 4:00 pm Central time, 5:00 Eastern time

Presentation Overview:

Arctic sea ice hits the headlines each September, when sea ice extent reaches its annual minimum and we see how this year stacks up against recent years and the long-term trend. The reason for all this attention is that the loss of sea ice is both a highly visible symbol of global warming and a cause of further warming. Plus, changing sea ice patterns affect weather throughout the Northern Hemisphere. At the same time, the headlines often skip over the details of what sea ice loss means to people near and far.  For Arctic Indigenous peoples, sea ice is home, a platform for travel and for gathering food to share with one’s family and community. This talk will review changes in Arctic sea ice and then explore the implications for Arctic societies and for the world as a whole. The Arctic may seem far away to most people, but we are deeply connected by both climate and human connections.

Presenter Background:

Henry Huntington is the Arctic Science Director at Ocean Conservancy, and also the lead author of the Alaska chapter of the next National Climate Assessment. He has over 30 years’ experience in Arctic research and conservation. Much of his work has focused on human-environment interactions, especially involving Indigenous Peoples in Alaska, Canada, and elsewhere. He has also contributed to many major international projects, served as co-chair  of a National Academy of Sciences committee on emerging research questions in the Arctic and as member of a Canadian Council of Academies panel on food security in the North. Dr. Huntington is author of over 100 scientific papers as well as several books, including The Meaning of Ice, about sea ice in three Arctic communities of Utqiagvik, Alaska; Clyde River, Nunavut, Canada; and Qaanaaq, Greenland.


The IRAS webinar is FREE but registration is required


March 23
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm EDT
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