Optimism, Change & Ingenuity (Hajo Eicken)

Video Shot in: 2022

Dr. Hajo Eicken, a researcher and advocate for climate change solutions, emphasizes the importance of human behavior and decision-making in addressing this global issue. He believes that bringing together different knowledge systems is crucial for finding effective solutions. While progress may seem slow, Dr. Eicken remains optimistic, seeing a shift towards more progressive thinking, especially among young scientists. He highlights the need to support and empower early-career researchers who are working towards innovative solutions. Based at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Dr. Eicken is cautiously optimistic about the ongoing efforts to tackle climate change challenges, particularly in relation to climate justice, energy justice, and sustainability. He also acknowledges the resilience of indigenous communities in the face of climate change and their ability to adapt to new challenges. However, Dr. Eicken emphasizes that collective responsibility is necessary to prevent further harm and underscores the importance of proactive measures in addressing climate change.