Part 1 - A Plan for the Planet: The Arctic & Beyond - streaming LIVE at 19.00 CET

Arctic Basecamp—a team of Arctic experts and scientists—hosted a high level panel as part of the media programme at the World Economic Forum’s Davos Agenda week. In partnership with the World Economic Forum the panel, moderated by Justin Worland from TIME Magazine, discussed what happened to the Arctic in 2020, why protecting it from warming matters; and what positive, inclusive and sustainable decisions we can take, including policy, science, technology and the public to slow global climate change and achieve a post-pandemic recovery.

Using the Arctic as an initial lens to zoom out to the overall climate crisis, how can we achieve systemic changes?

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Part 2 - Make Earth Cool Again: An Arctic Basecamp Science Jam - streaming at 20.00-22.00 CET

Following the High-Level Panel, Arctic Basecamp hosted an engaging schedule of online conversations to “Make Earth Cool Again”, hosted live by Rainn Wilson and Parisa Fitz Henley.

This two hour long free live virtual programme brought together scientists, experts and entertainers in fireside chats, interviews, skits (by award winning comedy writer Chuck Tatham from Modern Family, Arrested Development, How I Met Your Mother) and performances to highlight the urgency of fighting climate change through supporting low carbon action and education – in a really accessible way. 

The event was live streamed on SoulPancake’s YouTube channel HERE.

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“If we do not protect the Arctic from climate change today, we will not be able to achieve a prosperous post-pandemic future,” says Gail Whiteman, founder of not-for-profit Arctic Basecamp. “The wellbeing of our environments, economies, and societies depend on a stable Arctic.”

2020 was a year of alarming climate records for the Arctic. Wildfires set a pollution record, sea ice coverage contracted to a near-unprecedented minimum, a record breaking heatwave hit the region, and sea ice did not begin to refreeze in the Eurasian sector for the first time since at least 1979. But what happens in the Arctic does not stay in the Arctic, with Arctic warming worsening extreme weather events around the world, from the Godzilla dust storm that travelled from the Sahara to the Americas, to the California wildfires, to the record-breaking temperatures in Death Valley, and to the extreme snowfalls in Italy, Spain, and Japan in early winter 2020/21.

With all the support from the team, partners, sponsors and activists, we can help save the Arctic!

The Facts

The Arctic has been described as the canary in the coalmine for the health of the global environment. It is a complex region that is experiencing unprecedented change.