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AKSIK- Alaskans Sharing Indigenous Knowledge

[Siberian Yupik- turn the boat quickly]

Climate change is most pronounced in the Arctic with:

  • greater temperature increases than the rest of the planet;
  • more intense storm activity; and
  • significant ice, snow, and permafrost melt.

Native villages in Alaska are particularly vulnerable with their subsistence cultures closely attuned to the stability of regional biophysical conditions.  We can all learn about climate change from the people in this region as they struggle to adapt and preserve their culture.  This website serves as a video library of two native villages in Alaska on the front line of climate change - Savoonga and Shaktoolik - documenting the climate change impacts they are witnessing, describing their key vulnerabilities, and providing an in-depth study of storms and changing wind patterns.