“For us, it’s like someone moved the subsistence calendar by a month and nobody told us. We wonder what it must be like for the animals, plants and fish.” Kotzebue
Climate change is happening fastest at the earth’s higher latitudes, steadily turning Alaska into a new, warmer place. These changes are particularly powerful in northern and western Alaska, where temperatures shift from mostly below to often above freezing. This “phase change” transforms places historically dominated by snow, sea ice, and permafrost into to a melting world, of open oceans and rain, where even the seemingly solid ground beneath your feet begins to melt.