Alaskan Youth and Climate Change 2010

  • Student participants in Shishmaref
  • Dramatic sunset
  • Standing on seawall that protects the island.
  • Documenting impacts of climate change
  • Night photo
  • Students being creative on the beach to highlight erosion.
  • Alaska flight

Leader of communications workshop with indigenous youth in Shishmaref, Alaska. This community is in the Nome Census Area, Alaska, United States. The village is located on Sarichef Island in the Chukchi Sea, just north of the Bering Strait and five miles from the mainland. Shishmaref lies within the Bering Land Bridge National Preserve. The population was 563 at the 2010 census.

The effect of global climate change upon Shishmaref is sometimes seen as the most dramatic in the world. Rising temperatures have resulted in a reduction in the sea ice which serves to buffer Shishmaref from storm surges.

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