Wildfire in the Sakha Republic, within the Arctic Circle, Russia (Lat: 69.21915, Lng: 149.95995) – June 23rd, 2020. Photo: Pierre Markuse
When I first began studying climate change a decade ago, I was told that the front lines of those changes were in the Arctic. The region was undergoing an “unprecedented transition in human history” and experiencing some of the most dramatic impacts on the planet. And so, I became an Arctic researcher, traveling across the region to understand the depth of what stood to be lost – and advocate for equitable, courageous action to avert the worst impacts of the climate crisis.