On June 3rd, 2017, a group of Durham University students put on an event entitled 'Changes in the Arctic' in conjunction with LDSB, discussed previously on this blog and its corresponding social media outlets. The day provided much information on different climate-related issues in the arctic, sharing the complex responses of physical, biological, political and social environments to a changing climate. Earlier in the day we had volunteers engaging the public in conversation about different case studies presented on posters in the Department of Geography lobby, and an ongoing presentation of Arctic and climate-related documentaries offered in a nearby lecture theatre.
The day culminated in a panel discussion between five Arctic experts representing different aspects of the Arctic. Thank you to speakers Terry Callaghan, Rachel Carr, Simone Abram, Chris Stokes and Phil Steinberg for the time and information that was shared. More information on each of their areas of expertise can be found on the Changes in the Arctic webpage. A recording of the panel discussion can still be found here; it is well worth a watch! Live updates from the event can also be found on the Changes in the Arctic Twitter. Photos from the event can also be found here.
A huge thank you goes out to each and every volunteer who helped with everything from project development, to contacting people, to creating and editing posters, to event set-up, making food for people on the day, ordering wine and food supplies, creating a budget and keeping track of funds, viewing, editing and creating the documentary playlist, coordinating volunteers, volunteering on the day and the list goes on! Thanks also for the immense support provided by the Durham Geography Department, Durham County Council, the County Council Partnership; without whom this event would not have been possible.
If you have any questions about the event, or any future events, please send us a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible. If you would like further information on the changes occurring in the Arctic, please keep an eye on this website and our social media outlets as we will be posting more information in the future.
We really hope you enjoyed the event (and if not yet - will watch the livestream) and will take what you learned with you into the future. Staying engaged with such subjects enables us to live as engaged global citizens, whilst making informed decisions that minimize our impact on sensitive environments such as the Arctic.
Mariama lives in the UK whilst studying ice and other earthy things. She enjoys running through wild places, going on adventures and learning stuff.