The Alaska Northern Waters Task Force is meeting in Bethel on Monday at the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Task Force was created by the Legislature in 2010 to look at how climate change and the melting Arctic waters are affecting business and the lives of people in Alaska: shipping, fishing, tourism, climate change mitigation strategies, and Alaska becoming more involved in pan-Arctic governance. The Task Force will report back to the Legislature by January 30, 2012.
On Monday morning, attendees will hear from the Chair, Reggie Joule of Kotzebue; from Mike Coffey, DOT Maintenance and Operations Chief; from Mike Brubaker with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. Then at noon, there will be a local knowledge elders’ panel. After lunch, AVCP’s Tim Andrew and Steve Street will talk about natural resources and shoreline erosion.
Starting at 3:30, the Alaska Northern Waters Task Force will begin taking public testimony. Any member of the public can speak about how their lives are affected by climate change and suggest what the Task Force can do to help, and what they should include in their report to the Legislature.