STATE OF CHANGE—A NARRATIVE THAT CAPTURES THE STORIES OF SCIENTISTS AND RESIDENTS OF THE ARCTIC, A REFLECTION ON THE HUMAN CONDITION AND THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE.
STATE OF CHANGE is featured in the Spring edition of FORUM Magazine, published by the Alaska Humanities Forum.
“Where are we?” asks professor Matthew Sturm.
“Are we keeping ourselves optimistic by having this other perspective from geology? If you want to tell yourself it’s natural that’s fine. But I’m not sure how long that fiction is going to be maintained.” Sturm is referring to the notion that warming isn’t anthropogenic in nature, but part of a natural cycle. He cautions, “Because there’s ample reason to be alarmed, but it’s pretty clear that ringing the bell over and over again is doing nothing.”
“The climate is changing, people aren’t responding,” he says. Meanwhile some say there’s an overwhelming interest among many political leaders to invest in the status quo—despite, or maybe because, warnings that the divide will only deepen along cultural, racial, social and economic lines.