Learning from Northern People

As part of the University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute Research Seminar series, this seminar asks what we can learn from people in the Arctic to help us respond to and survive climate change.

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Professor Leslie King

Vilhjalmur Stefansson and other Arctic explorers who followed him, including Orkney’s John Rae, owed their survival and future to the knowledge they gained from Inuit people during their explorations in dangerous times in harsh but fragile environments. We are now experiencing another dangerous time of climate and rapid environmental and social change. In large part our survival and future depend on the lessons we are learning from Northern people on the front lines of climate change and biodiversity loss about how to adapt and thrive in conditions of dramatic uncertainty and change. Climate researchers are modern explorers attempting to learn from the knowledge, ancient and contemporary, held by Northern people which may yet ensure our survival.  This talk will introduce some of the emerging findings from that research that may help us in lower latitudes to prepare for, respond to, and survive dramatic changes in the social-ecological systems upon which we depend.

Speaker: Professor Leslie King, PhD MCIP, Canadian Centre for Environmental Education, Visiting Professor at the University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute.

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