Photo by Emily Sullivan
Welcome back! We hope you had opportunities to rest and restore over this holiday break. Our staff is back in the office, and excited to begin organizing for the new year.
With various comment periods now closed, our program staff will meet with coalitions and campaigns to plan next steps. Stay tuned for how you can remain involved in our Arctic and Mining Impacts & Energy advocacy.
In the meantime, we hope you enjoy the updates below on some inspiring media coming out of Alaska.
Photo Essay by Emily Sullivan highlights resilience and abundance in Alaska
Photo by Emily Sullivan for High Country News
Northern Center's Communications Director, Emily Sullivan, worked on a photo essay for High Country News that was published this week. The piece highlights the resilience demonstrated by the Smokehouse Collective, an Alaska Native mutual aid network. Reporter Joaqlin Estus writes in the intro text:
"In response to the climate crisis, the collective aims to turn this economic system on its head by creating a gathering place and network for Alaska Natives to harvest, preserve — and give away — salmon and other traditional foods. Miller and Chase-Hodgdon have a radical vision: To reinvigorate ancient Indigenous trade practices as a means to redistribute wealth, return land and water in Alaska to Indigenous stewardship, and show that a healthy economy and clean environment can coexist."
Read the full piece and see Emily's photographs in High Country News.
Arctic Traverse book release announced
A long time wilderness guide, a recipient of the Rasmuson Individual Artist Award, and a Northern Center supporter, Michael Engelhard will release his memoir this spring. This book, titled Arctic Traverse: A Thousand-Mile Summer of Trekking the Brooks Range, features reflections on history, culture, conservation, and the idea of home.
"A memoir of wilderness, cultural connections, and gritty adventure across northern Alaska. Much more than a harrowing account of a human-powered solo journey, Arctic Traverse sparkles with anecdotes about wildlife, scientists, Indigenous elders, and the clients Engelhard guided, as well as with intimate experiences of the land itself."
The memoir will be published on April 1, 2024. Fairbanks Paddlers will host a book launch on April 9, at the Silver Gulch Brewery in Fox.
Deadline Friday: Featured Artist 2024
Above: a selection of some of Northern Center's previous Featured Art
We are currently seeking applications for our 2024 Featured Artist. Applicants should live in Alaska and have deep connections to the north. We welcome applications from early career artists. Please share this information with your network to help us find the best person for the role.
More information about this role and how to apply can be found on our website. Applications are due Friday, January 5, 2024 by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. A contract will be negotiated with the selected artist shortly thereafter.
Recent studies have shown that less than half of mines globally adequately document their impacts on the surrounding communities and environment. In the face of the clean energy transition and a push to open more mines around the world, it is critical that we fully understand the risks and impacts of mining. Better strategies to measure and manage mineral development and track the social and environmental costs can lead to more responsible development of the materials we need to transition away from fossil fuels, while saving communities and ecosystems from unmitigated, unnecessary, and harmful extraction.
Salmon and mining companies are fierce competitors in areas where glacial recession is opening up new waterways for salmon habitat, and potentially new ice free landscapes with potential for mineral recovery. In some cases, mining companies are staking claims for land currently under ice, with the hope that the land will be ice free in the near future, allowing them access to minerals like gold, silver, copper, and more.
Is one of your new year’s resolutions to create or update your will? Many people like to list nonprofits (like the Northern Center) as beneficiaries in their wills, IRAs, or life insurance policies. It’s easy and doesn’t cost you anything now! Learn more about how to make a will at freewill.com. Our nonprofit tax number is 23-7438038.
The Northern Alaska Environmental Center promotes conservation of the environment and sustainable resource stewardship in Interior and Arctic Alaska through education and advocacy.
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