The Arctic is a showcase for the effects of climate change, especially with the alarming decline in the extent of summer sea ice and its amplifying effects on warming. The region is an area of contention as well, as the expansion of open water entices Arctic nations with the prospect of easier access to oil and other resources. On this episode of Locus Focus we talk with Heather Exner-Pirot about the nearly unnoticed the struggle of Arctic peoples to ensure that the fate of the region they call home is largely in their hands, not in those of southerners seeking to impose their own political agendas.
Heather Exner-Pirot is strategist for outreach and indigenous engagement in the College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, and managing editor of The Arctic Yearbook. Her article "Whose Arctic Is It?' appears in State of the World 2015: Confronting Hidden Threats to Sustainability, published by the Worldwatch Institute.