Matthew Gilbert: Safeguarding Arctic Village Against Climate Change

Written by on July 3, 2023

Matthew Gilbert: Safeguarding Arctic Village Against Climate Change

Matthew Gilbert, a resident of Arctic Village in Alaska, resides in one of the most pristine and secluded regions of the United States. Raised by his grandparents, he imbibed a deep respect for the environment and the responsibility to protect it. His connection to the land and his people led him to embark on a mission to document the impacts of climate change in his community. With grants from environmental organizations, Matthew interviewed elders, collaborated with scientists, and witnessed the subtle transformations occurring in his surroundings. As he gathers firsthand knowledge, Matthew realizes the pressing need to preserve the Gwich’in way of life and advocates for action against climate change.

Living in a place without roads or access to modern amenities, Matthew treasures the unparalleled freedom and opportunities that his home offers. However, the increasing threats of climate change, including erratic ice conditions and drying lakes, jeopardize the delicate balance of Arctic Village’s ecosystem. Matthew’s dedication to his community and the environment compels him to protect his ancestral lands and ensure a sustainable future for the Gwich’in people.

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