From increasing temperatures to changing weather patterns to earlier wildfire seasons, Alaska is experiencing the effects of rapid Arctic climate change. How do these changes impact the lives and the traditions of Alaska Native communities?
The Signs of the Land: Reaching Arctic Communities Facing Climate Change (ReAC) Camp Academy facilitates in-depth dialogue about climate change and explores its impact through the cultural lens of Alaska Native communities.
The week-long camp integrates local observations, traditional knowledge, and western climate science. Participants gain an understanding about the impacts of climate change from Alaska Native elders and local climate researchers, and also learn about climate communication tools and resources for responding.
Participants design individual outreach plans to share what they learned at camp with others in their community and beyond. The camp is designed for Alaska Native educators, local leaders and planners, and rural community members.
The first Signs of the Land ReAC Camp took place at the Howard Luke Gaalee’ya Camp by the Tanana River near Fairbanks, Alaska in July 2014. Outcomes from the camp include:
The 2016 Signs of the Land II: Reaching Arctic Communities Facing Climate Change Camp Academy took place June 14-17, 2016, in Fairbanks, Alaska. For an overview of the camp experience, please see "Native Elders, scientists talk action, plans for fighting climate change in Interior Alaska villages" by ReAC Participant Diana Campbell.