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


Right well thank you and i'm delighted to be here the cambridge forum so here's my story uh what's happening and interior what has happened there until july i was director of the policy office at the department of the interior it was also the climate change lead at that agency climate change that particularly adaptation and resilience are incredibly important for all the bureaux of the department interior for all of our missions from managing those legendary national parks to protecting biodiversity uh producing worldclass science at uh us geological survey and managing the deal i manages a fifth of the us land area uh for multiple uses on behalf of all americans so climate change absolutely essential to all of those bureaux i worked hard on that and i spoke for publicly about it in many fora to the public um and particularly as it related to the arctic where i was focused uh where they are american lives at risk as the permafrost is melting away from beneath their feet and waves and storms are devouring meters of coastline pendant time threatening dozens of alaskan native villages up there so it's a very urgent situation and as many of you may know the department interior is also the federal trustee for american indians and alaska natives uh so their wellbeing is core to our mission as well so this is very important work not just to me into the alaska natives but to the entire uh agency so after the november election you know as as everyone is kind of freaking out about the rhetoric that have been coming out during the campaign uh 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.

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