Director, Trustee, United States discussed on 51% - The Women's Perspective


Climate great well thank you and i'm delighted to be here at the cambridge forum so here's my story what's happening and interior what has happened there until july i was director of the policy office at the department of the interior i was also the climate change lead at that agency climate change particularly adaptation and resilience are incredibly important for all the bureaus of the department interior for all of our missions for managing those legendary national parks to protecting biodiversity producing world class science at us geological survey and managing the dui manages a fifth of the us land area for multiple uses on behalf of all americans so climate change absolutely essential to all of those bureaus i worked hard on that and i spoke very publicly about it in many fora to the public and particularly as it related to the arctic where i was focused where there are american lives at risk as the permafrost is melting away from beneath their feet and waves and storms or devouring meters of coastline at a time threatening dozens of alaska native villages up there so it's a very urgent situation and as many of you may know the department interiors also the federal trustee for american indians and alaskan natives so their wellbeing is core to our mission as well so this is very important work not just to me into the alaskan natives but to the entire agency so after the november election as everyone was kind of freaking out about the rhetoric that had been coming out during the campaign regarding climate change i wasn't that worried i thought you know we're doing adaptation we're responding to impacts that we can see before us american health and safety is at risk and we're going to continue to do that in fact i was i was in stockholm a couple of weeks later after the election and i was reassuring some really stressed out europeans that sure enough yet resilience and adaptation would remain at the top or at least on the agenda in the united states and i was there for the release of the arctic resilience reports the first ever report about how to build social ecological resilience in the arctic so it was the.

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