Arctic Ambassador, Polar Bears International
United States, Germany
The Arctic, while physically far-removed from the average person's daily life, is a critical component of the global ecosystem and economic system which has real impacts on people worldwide. It is of utmost importance that this region not be an afterthought in the minds of policymakers, professionals, and consumers, as this century will only bring greater likelihood of conflicts within the Arctic. In order to prevent or mitigate these economic, environmental, cultural, and security conflicts, we must be engaged in meaningful outreach to stakeholders and the general public, passing on information about recent events and the latest research in the Far North. I look forward to engaging with all of these issues in the 2013 Arctic Summer College.