Climate Change

Reducing the causes and consequences of climate change

Alaskans know climate change. Temperatures have warmed twice as fast as the global average and the Arctic Ocean now has less sea ice than at any time in recent geologic history. The resulting flooding and erosion threaten the livability of many coastal communities—most of them Native villages.
Coal mining, and oil and gas drilling in Alaska contributes to even more greenhouse gas emissions. The cycle of continuing melting permafrost and sea ice leads to more extreme weather, ocean acidification, insect infestations, and changes in the migration patterns of animals. Subsistence users depend on those animals for food. Trustees uses the law to decrease and mitigate the extraction and burning of fossil fuels and address the impacts of climate change on wildlife, rural Alaskans and Alaska Native people.
Our latest climate change work
  • Trustees works to keep fossil fuels in the ground.
  • Trustees supports rural communities in safeguarding the animals subsistence users rely on for food.
Click stories below for updates about what Trustees is doing to fight climate change.
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Falling in love with Alaska

Falling in love with Alaska

Tracy Lohman does development work for Trustees, and has lived in Alaska for nearly 30 years. Here she talks about falling in…
Ambler road rears its head

Ambler road rears its head

A Canadian mining company wants Alaska to finance a private industrial road in the Brooks Range of northern Alaska and the State…
Putting the planet on stage

Putting the planet on stage

During the Earth Day weekend, artists, performers, thinkers and students from around the world will amass at the Earth Matters on Stage…
Drill bill threatens the Arctic Refuge

Drill bill threatens the Arctic Refuge

Trustees’ attorney Suzanne Bostrom talked to reporters yesterday about the substance of the proposed legislation to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.…
Science tells a human story

Science tells a human story

  Nancy Lord will read at a Trustees community reading and conversation this month. We asked her a few questions about literary…
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