The Arctic is undergoing rapid change. Arctic Matters is a multifaceted effort to raise awareness of Arctic change and its many consequences across the globe. The effort is timed with the United States’ chairmanship (April 2015-April 2017) of the Arctic Council, a forum to address issues faced by the eight Arctic nations and their indigenous populations. We invite you to take advantage of the Arctic Matters educational resources, including videos and presentations from Arctic Matters Day held on January 14, 2016.
Check out Arctic Matters Day videos and presentations to learn about:
- The impact of melting ice on global sea-level rise
- how arctic-region warming can potentially affect weather patterns across the northern hemisphere
- how Arctic-region changes such as melting permafrost and changing “albedo” can exacerbate global climate change
- effects of climate change on the range and migration patterns of fish, birds, insects, and other Arctic-based animal populations
- political and security implications of the growing extraction of the Arctic’s natural resources, and from increased commercial, military, and tourism-related shipping across the region
- the need to involve Arctic indigenous groups in decision-making, and to ensure respect for their rights, culture, and changing needs