BRINGING NEW FOCUS TO STUDIES OF THE ARCTIC REGION
WHY THINK ABOUT JUSTICE & THE ARCTIC?
The Arctic is not just a remote, stand-alone region in the global system. It is connected to global systems such as trade, transportation, and climate.
The Arctic is experiencing some of the most rapid and severe effects of climate change with the region warming four times faster than the rest of the globe. This brings impacts such as melting sea ice, rising sea levels, and changing weather patterns.
Resource Extraction & Development
The Arctic is rich in natural resources such as minerals, fish, and renewable energy opportunities. There is increasing interest in exploiting these resources, however, resource extraction and development can have negative social and environmental impacts, making participating of Arctic citizens essential.
The Arctic is home to Indigenous communities, who have a unique and valuable relationship with the environment. It is essential to ensure that Indigenous peoples in the Arctic are able to exercise their rights and maintain their cultures, language and identity.