Changes in the New Arctic (Matthew Sturm)

Video Shot in: 2022

Dr. Matthew Sturm discusses the noticeable pace of change in the Arctic landscape and the societal responses to it. He reflects on the deteriorating condition of infrastructures due to thermocarving and the struggle to keep pace with environmental challenges. Sturm emphasizes that these changes are not limited to the physical environment but also impact cultural aspects, like hunting and fishing traditions. Climate change is altering the Arctic’s weatherscape and transportation patterns, leaving people with a sense of loss and a profound awareness of the transformations around them. He points out that change is often met with resistance and apprehension, but recognizes that inconvenient truths tend to resurface, urging us to face the realities of climate change and prioritize actions to mitigate its impacts.