Environmental Studies Undergrad is Arctic Youth Ambassador
The students attended key policy sessions with trained scientific and policy experts on Arctic climate change, biodiversity, the sensitive Arctic ecosystem and the dependence Arctic residents have on these resources. According to U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, “their voices and solutions for how to sustain communities, cultures and the environment in a changing Arctic are why they were selected for the program.” The youth ambassador program was created by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. State Department in partnership with nonprofit partner Alaska Geographic to increase outreach and education during the U.S. chairmanship of the Arctic Council. Over the next two years, these young ambassadors will learn more about Arctic communities, cultures and the environment that provides the basis for the food supply for Arctic families, as well as their cultural and spiritual identity. They’ll do so through a series of rural field expeditions, science seminars and engagements with Alaska Native elders and other leaders from around the world. In the coming months, an additional 10-15 youth ambassadors will be selected.