63 Events

Image of Katharine Hayhoe and her book "Saving Us"

Photo: Artie Li; Cover: One Signal Publishers

Seminar - Open to the Public

Finding Hope: Changing the Climate Crisis Conversation

Wed., Mar. 2, 2022 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm

Online

Renowned climate scientist and author Dr. Katharine Hayhoe is a leader in efforts to change the public climate crisis conversation by focusing on solutions that provide hope rather than despair.  How do scientists and journalists get the message across to the general public about opportunities to tackle the climate crisis that move beyond the current divisive environment? How can the media improve coverage of climate change to a broad audience? 

Dr. Hayhoe will share stories about how to overcome the psychological, societal, political and economic barriers that contribute to climate denialism and take positive actions based on shared values and concerns. 

Sponsors: This event is co-sponsored by the Environment and Natural Resources Program; the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy; the Harvard Kennedy School's Arctic Initiative; and the Climate, Energy, and Environment Professional Interest Council.

Attendance: This event is open to the public and hosted on Zoom. For those who cannot attend live, the seminar will be recorded and available to watch on this page.

Accessibility: Persons with disabilities who wish to request accommodations or who have questions about access, please contact Liz Hanlon (ehanlon@hks.harvard.edu) in advance of the session.

Registration: Please RSVP at the link below. Registration will remain open until the event begins.

Sammy Roth and Sarah Kaplan

Courtesy of Sammy Roth/Sarah Kaplan

Seminar - Open to the Public

From Doomsday to Hope: Covering Solutions to the Climate and Energy Crisis

Thu., Feb. 10, 2022 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Online

Join us for a webinar, “From Doomsday to Hope: Covering Solutions to the Climate and Energy Crisis,” featuring two leading environmental journalists: Sarah Kaplan of The Washington Post and Sammy Roth of The Los Angeles Times. While much of the news coverage of climate change has focused on the immense global "gloom and doom" problems ahead, there is a new push in journalism to reach out to the public by featuring innovative solutions to the climate and energy crisis. Science journalist Cristine Russell, ENRP Senior Fellow, will moderate.

Sponsors: This event is co-sponsored by the Environment and Natural Resources Program; the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy; the Harvard Kennedy School's Arctic Initiative; and the Climate, Energy, and Environment Professional Interest Council.

Attendance: This event is open to the public and hosted on Zoom. For those who cannot attend live, the seminar will be recorded and available to watch on this page.

Accessibility: Persons with disabilities who wish to request accommodations or who have questions about access, please contact Liz Hanlon (ehanlon@hks.harvard.edu) in advance of the session.

Registration: Please RSVP at the link below. Registration will remain open until the event begins.

Seminar - Open to the Public

Arctic Climate Week @ HKS

Mon., Nov. 15, 2021 - Mon., Nov. 22, 2021

Join the Arctic Initiative team for Arctic Climate Week at the Harvard Kennedy School! The week will feature events dedicated to understanding the climate impacts in the Arctic and their global implications. Register for Arctic Climate week events here

BARROW, Alaska- The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy, a 420 ft. icebreaker homeported in Seattle, Wash., breaks ice in support of scientific research in the Arctic Ocean.

U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Prentice Danner

Seminar - Open to the Public

Sailing through the Northwest Passage: How Scientific Research and International Diplomacy Made that Possible

Tue., Oct. 26, 2021 | 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Wexner Building - Room 102, Marc Heng and Family Conference Room

Join us for a conversation about science, diplomacy, and geopolitics with Arctic Initiative Senior Fellow Fran Ulmer and Professor and Director of The Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping at the University of New Hampshire Larry Mayer. Professor Mayer led the science team onboard the US Coast Guard Cutter Healy, which just completed a cruise from Alaska to Greenland through the Northwest Passage. Please register to attend this event here

Jökulsárlón, Iceland

UnSplash/Roxanne Desgagnés

Seminar - Open to the Public

"Together towards a Sustainable Arctic": An Earth Day Dialogue with Iceland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chair of the Arctic Council, H.E. Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson

Thu., Apr. 22, 2021 | 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Online

Join the Arctic Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center and the Polar Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center for an engaging Earth Day dialogue with Iceland's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson, about  Iceland’s Chairmanship of the Arctic Council on what is next. 

Arctic Ocean and sea ice.

Photo Credit: Dr. Sarah Dewey

Study Group - Harvard Students

Arctic Initiative Study Group: Ocean Conservation and Policy Innovation

Wed., Mar. 10, 2021 - Wed., Apr. 7, 2021

Online

As climate change rapidly transforms the Arctic, the ocean at its center becomes a point of focus: melting sea ice enables increased marine traffic; ice-dependent species are migrating or dying; fisheries shift and with them economies of subsistence. These changes can mean risk or opportunity for different stakeholders.

This study group will use Arctic Ocean change as a case study to outline the environmental policy process and build participants understanding of how to effectively engage in the climate and oceans policy space. 

To sign-up, please complete this form by Monday, March 8, 2021: https://forms.gle/KYn6nwxr4zq8vnQ98

Indigenous Youth Leaders

Photo Credit: Anders Oskal (ICR)

Seminar - Open to the Public

Presenting The James J. McCarthy Arctic Indigenous Youth Leaders

Fri., Jan. 29, 2021 | 11:30am - 12:30pm

Online

Over the past five days over thirty Indigenous Youth from around the circumpolar Arctic have worked together, learned together, and innovated together to come up with solutions to challenges facing their communities. Join us to see the final presentations of a few of these young leaders.

Join for a brief history of the founding of this collaboration, which began through the work of the late Harvard Professor, James J. McCarthy. Followed by Arctic Innovation presentations by selected Indigenous Youth participants, who will showcase their solutions for their communities. 

Conference - Open to the Public

Arctic Resilience Forum: Socio-Ecological Resilience

Wed., Nov. 25, 2020 | 11:30am - 1:00pm

Online

The Arctic Resilience Forum will be convened every Wednesday from 11:30am – 1:00pm (Eastern Time) over a series of ten weeks.  The online series will engage the broadest audience possible in conversations about how to build the resilience of Arctic communities and ecosystems across a variety of focus areas. 

The November 25th session will focus on the topic of Socio-Ecological Resilience. Social-ecological resilience in the Arctic depends upon ecosystems - they are the life-support system that makes resilience in the North possible. As the Arctic transforms, ecosystems are changing, and Arctic livelihoods that depend on food, water and cultural practices linked to the land are threatened by those changes. This session will explore the ecosystems that are critical to life in the Arctic, and what we can do to strengthen them. 

Global Connectivity

Photo Credit: NASA via Unsplash

Conference - Open to the Public

Arctic Resilience Forum: Broadband Connectivity

Wed., Nov. 11, 2020 | 11:30am - 1:00pm

Online

The Arctic Resilience Forum will be convened every Wednesday from 11:30am – 1:00pm (Eastern Time) over a series of ten weeks.  The online series will engage the broadest audience possible in conversations about how to build the resilience of Arctic communities and ecosystems across a variety of focus areas. 

The November 11th session is focused on Arctic Broadband Connectivity.  Connectivity is considered highly important to provide better quality of life and more business opportunities in Arctic communities. COVID-19 has shown that access to the internet is not just a luxury, but a human right that enables full participation in society, access to education, healthcare, family, public resources, and economic opportunity. In this November 11th session of the Arctic Resilience Forum, we will explore the “What”, “How” and “Why” of broadband connectivity in the Arctic.