Contrary to popular perception, the Arctic is not a desolate wilderness: four million people call the Arctic home, two-thirds of whom reside in urban settlements. Like the region as a whole, the rapid pace of climate change is making life in Arctic cities—challenging at the best of times due to winter darkness, remoteness, and cold weather—increasingly difficult. Climate-induced hazards, such as permafrost thaw, sea ice loss, sea level rise, erosion, flooding, and wildfires, pose severe risks to urban infrastructure and the health and livelihoods of urban residents.
Please join Harvard Kennedy School's Arctic Initiative and the Arctic Mayors' Forum for a virtual seminar that will explore how Arctic cities are addressing the current and future impacts of climate change, as well as the lessons that Arctic cities and other cities elsewhere in the world can learn from each other's experiences. The panel will feature Ida Maria Pinnerød, Mayor of Bodø, Norway; Avaraaq Olsen, Mayor of Sermersooq, Greenland; Annika Myrén, Development Strategist of the City of Umeå, Sweden; and Bryce Ward, Mayor of Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska. Arctic Initiative Postdoctoral Research Fellow Nadezhda Filimonova will moderate. Q&A to follow.
Attendance: This event is open to the public and hosted on Zoom. For those who cannot attend live, the seminar will be recorded and available to watch on this page (typically within two weeks). Those who register for this event will automatically receive a link to the recording as soon as it becomes available.
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Speakers and Presenters
Ida Maria Pinnerød, Mayor of Bodø, Norway; Avaraaq Olsen, Mayor of Sermersooq, Greenland; Annika Myrén, Development Strategist of the City of Umeå, Sweden; Bryce Ward, Mayor of Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska
Arctic Mayors' Forum