Exploring the Nexus of Health and Climate Change in Arctic Indigenous Communities

Organized by Ecologic Institute Berlin and the Ecologic Institute US 26. August 2016

Saturday, October 8, 17:15-18:45

This session in kindly supported by Konrad Adenauer Foundation and WWF.

Location: Stemma, Harpa First Level

This session showcases the Arctic Summer College (ASC) program by inviting three of its 2016 Fellows to present their work to the international Arctic community.

The session will begin by exploring the fundamental role that the Arctic plays in not only global climate change, but in potentially altering global weather patterns which has particular consequences for Indigenous communities. Then, the connection between health and climate change will be examined through the lens of Arctic Indigenous communities in several Arctic states. Finally, the issue of sexual violence in Indigenous communities will be discussed with a focus on the US and Canada, providing additional context as we explore the challenging relationship between climate change and Indigenous health, both today and in the future.

The ASC, already in its sixth year, creates a virtual network of emerging leaders and experts who are brought together for eight weeks of interdisciplinary exchange, including a series of web-based seminars. The program aims to build a lasting, policy-oriented network of Arctic professionals and students to strengthen communication between peoples and nations, scientific disciplines, policy areas, and across the science-policy interface to improve governance and sustainable development in the Arctic.


  • Arne Riedel, Fellow, Ecologic Institute Mikayla Duarte, Meteorology Student, Northland College
  • Carol Devine, Humanitarian Advisor, Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), Canada
  • Mary Ehrlander, Director, Arctic & Northern Studies Program, Professor of History, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Mikayla Duarte, Meteorology Student at Northland College         


  • Andreas Kraemer, Senior Fellow, IASS Potsdam; Founder, Ecologic Institute