“The changes currently impacting the Arctic will affect everyone on the globe, this year and into the future.
For example, the Earth’s typical weather patterns depend on the Arctic being colder than other regions, so when the north is atypically warm, it can cause storms to stall and sit longer over more populated regions of the planet. Smoke from the Arctic fires drift globally and will affect air quality for millions of people.
So, it is important that we don’t relegate Arctic change as a problem that needs to be solved solely by northerners or northern governments. This needs to be a global priority. If people around the world talk about climate change, care about the Arctic and its fate, and use their power (votes, money, resources, attention) to sway society, this will make a huge difference.”