Other Economic Activities
Other Economic Activities as defined by the Adaptation Advisory Group (AAG) to the Alaska Governor’s Climate Change Sub-Cabinet are sectors of the Alaska economy not directly supported by living systems, such as oil and gas, mining, and recreation and tourism. Adaptations focus on ways to balance economic well-being with environmental health in a changing climate.
Integrate education, training and local job opportunities.
Educational curricula in schools throughout Alaska can include interactive learning, traditional culture and language, current educational requirements, opportunities for internships or on-the-job training, and an emphasis on innovation grounded in place and culture. This combination of blended educational components can prepare youth for jobs and entrepreneurial projects that will allow them to commit and contribute to their communities, as well as support adults in lifelong learning. Communities, industry, government and educational instructions can support these educational initiatives.
Start small businesses that can thrive with local resources.“How do we adapt and expand an economic model so that it doesn’t become industrial scale? Can we provide for subsistence infrastructure, and allow for transition from subsistence to customary trade to small commercial ventures (i.e., buy a boat and motor and do other things)? If all commercial fishing is factory trawlers and our only economic opportunity is controlled by big industry that isn’t grounded in the community, then residents become disenfranchised, forced into welfare. Can we adapt our economy to keep pace with change? We want small precise tools that allow us to retain local control: local fisheries, local family industry, supporting family and contributing year-round to the community.” – Nome LCC Workshop Participant
Communities, individuals and regional entities can encourage local businesses that fit well with community values and local resources. Communities can also build on customary trade of resources to grow business networks.