Fleeing Change: Relocating the Village of Newtok, Alaska

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017
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Dec 6, 2017 1:00PM to 2:30PM EST

The Village of Newtok, a Yupik Eskimo community of 450, faces certain destruction from a slow-moving climate disaster. Coastal and river erosion of the Ninglick River embankment and degradation of the region's underlying permafrost has already destroyed critical infrastructure in the village, including the only barge landing, a solid waste site, and soon a freshwater source. Newtok may no longer be a viable community by 2020 and has been working to relocate to Mertarvik, a site nine miles up the Ninglick River.

Please join us for a discussion with Newtok's leadership on their experiences and struggles to preserve their Yupik way of life on their historic subsistence lands.

There will be a live webcast of this event