A new film by Jonathan Ignatowski on the impacts of climate change on Savoonga, Alaska has just been released. The film, entitled Aksik, explores the importance of subsistence food to the village and the difficulties climate change is causing to maintain that culture.
Climate change is most pronounced in the Arctic:
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 from them as they struggle to adapt to climate change and preserve their culture.
This website serves as a video library of two native villages in Alaska - Savoonga and Shaktoolik - on the front line of climate change. It documents the impacts they are witnessing, describes their adaptation strategies, and provides alerts about their needs and their advice for our leaders.