Observe Arctic Matters Day – January 14
The video below, produced by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, illustrates the change in arctic sea ice over the last generation – not just in surface extent, but also in thickness. Shifts in these measurements are subtle in the early years, so have the patience to watch what happens in the last decade or so.
NOAA, in its end-of-year Arctic Report Card, writes that “Arctic amplification of climate change remained in full swing in 2015. Broad areas of the Arctic were more than 5°F (3°C) warmer than average during the report card’s monitoring year (October 2014-September 2015), with temperatures over land areas record warm. The increase in temperature over Arctic regions continued to outpace the global average.” The National Snow and Ice Data Center reports that Arctic sea ice has been growing at a much slower rate than normal so far this year.
Greenpeace has set up a number of online petitions at Save The Arctic, but clicking buttons on web pages won’t be enough to deal with the alarming warming trend in the Arctic, and the climatic implications of this warming for the world.
This Thursday, January 14, is Arctic Matters Day. We can begin to observe this day as an occasion for awareness and education. If you’re in the Washington D.C. area, the National Academy of Sciences is holding an Arctic Matters Symposium that you can attend.
To deal with the problems coalescing in the Arctic, however, we need to think more globally about climate, connecting where we are with the top of the world, taking action to shift our own behavior to slow down the momentum of climate change. The following are a few networks through which you can get started:
Know of some other climate activists that should be on this list? Let us know!