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“Whether climate-induced migration will be an adaptation failure or success depends not only on climate impacts, but—most importantly—on the policy choices that are made today.” —François Gemenne in "Migration as a Climate Adaptation Strategy" (Chapter 9)
Indigenous peoples and other northerners have the greatest stake in protecting the Arctic—but are their voices being heard?The Arctic is a showcase for the effects of climate change, especially with the alarming decline in the extent of summer sea ice and its amplifying effects on warming. The region is an area of contention as well, as the expansion of open water entices Arctic nations with the prospect of easier access to oil and other resources. But nearly unnoticed is the struggle of Arctic peoples to ensure that the fate of the region they call home is largely in their hands, not in those of southerners seeking to impose their own political agendas.
“Our preoccupation with economic growth often has impeded action on issues that really will improve human well-being and the prospects for all life on Earth. This is the trouble with growth.” —Heather Exner-Pirot in "Whose Arctic Is It?" (Chapter 7)
“These outcomes can be mitigated and softened, but only if citizens and policy makers are aware of the process and prepared to make adjustments ahead of the crisis point.” —Tom Prugh in "Childhood’s End" (Chapter 10)