Climate Change is Destroying the Arctic and Alaska Native Lifestyles
America's Arctic lies north of the Arctic Circle beyond Alaska’s Brooks Range mountains. There, it is warming twice as fast as the rest of the world. Despite this fragility, the land lacks protection from nearby oil drilling which only worsens the climate and its impacts on the region.
As oil drilling in the region exacerbates the impacts of climate change here, Native communities, animals, and entire ecosystems are in threat.
The Arctic’s rolling tundra, wild rivers, wetlands, ponds, deep lakes and sparkling coastal waters are home to a stunning array of wildlife including millions of birds, caribou, musk oxen, wolverines, grizzly and polar bears, walrus, bowhead and beluga whales. These species are all threatened by climate change and its disproportionate impact on the American Arctic.
The health of this landscape is also vital to the subsistence way of life of Alaska Native communities. For centuries the Gwich’in and Inupiaq people have relied on the bounty of the Arctic for their livelihood.