We urge individuals and organizations concerned with climate change in Alaska to write The Alaska Climate Action Leadership Team.
How does the greenhouse effect work and how do we know that human activity is influencing and growing it? These questions have been studied and understood for a long time. However, very few examples exist where physics and chemistry have been so misunderstood and called into question by non-scientists.
In 2001, American environmentalist, entrepreneur, and author Paul Hawken, was motivated by curiosity to ask the question: Do we know what we need to do in order to arrest and reverse global warming? Thus began a massive research venture, which led to the development of an online resource database and book, known as Project Drawdown.
A recent survey by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication found that Alaska falls in line with the national average—which is 70%—who know global warming is happening.
In 2007, Alaska’s then Governor, Sarah Palin, signed an executive order to establish the Alaska Climate Change Sub-Cabinet. This sub-cabinet was tasked with making recommendations on how Alaskans could save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, make recommendations on adaptation strategies, developing comprehensive emergency planning and training for at-risk communities and providing a roadmap for climate change effects and solutions in Alaska.