Addressing the rapidly changing Arctic in meaningful ways
“A local hunter can notice walruses on land before a biologist can finish studying thinning ice,” writes Alena Naiden for The Arctic Sounder. “And a family whose house was washed away by ocean storms needs solutions for climate change quicker than 2030.”
This front page news story begins by noting the urgency of environmental change taking place in the Arctic and then positions the collaborative nature of SEARCH as a direct response to this urgency. With perspectives from two of SEARCH’s leaders, Brendan Kelly, International Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks, and Vera Kingeekuk Metcalf, Executive Director of the Eskimo Walrus Commission, the article shares one of SEARCH’s primary goals: to bring together Indigenous Experts, western scientists from a wide array of disciplines, and decision-makers ranging from local communities to international organizations to address the rapidly changing Arctic in meaningful ways.