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?


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.

Watch the stream below. 

What to watch...

10:30:00 - 1:08:29 - Davos Agenda High Level Panel

Part 1 - It's Not Just a Block of Ice


Meet Chuck the Polar Bear!


Ariel Winter asks the Arctic Experts


Arctic Basecamp Scientists on Science: a conversation with the experts


Sounding the Arctic Alarm – a message from Cel Spellman


The Role of Business & Philanthropy in Solving the Climate Crisis –  Marc Benioff & Rainn Wilson –


Left Out in the Cold: Impacts of Covid-19 Stimulus in the Arctic – WWF


SNEAK PEEK – The Last Glaciers: a documentary from filmmaker Craig Leeson


Ted Bear: Survivalist – a BRAND NEW Ted Bear animation


We Only Have One Earth – a special message from Bear Grylls


Part 2 - Every Home is a Basecamp


The Arctic and Extreme Weather – Dr. Jennifer Francis and Prof. Gail Whiteman


Open Water: a documentary from filmmaker Dan McDougal


Emerging From a Planetary Emergency – a discussion with Prof. Alun Hubbard & Sandrine Dixson-Decleve (Club of Rome)


30 Years of Climate Monitoring – Dr. Kim Holmen & Rainn Wilson


A special message and performance from Arcade Fire


Chuck the Polar Bear


Reducing Energy Waste with the Property Brothers (and sister)


Extreme Weather – Dr Jennifer Francis & Parisa Fitz-Henley


Why You Should Care About Science – Dr. Katharine Hayhoe (Science Moms) & Prof Gail Whiteman


The Future of Climate Action – a conversation with Arctic Basecamp Youth Delegates


What Home Life is Like when you Live in the Arctic – Cassidy Miligruak Kramer & Rainn Wilson


A Special Message from Billie Eilish


Every Step Counts- How to Reduce a Carbon Footprint with FINNEAS, Rainn Wilson and Prof Gail Whiteman


The Alignment Between Climate and Social Injustice – Mustafa Santiago Ali and Eva Jones


Health Wellbeing and the Environment with Prof. Michael Depledge CBE & Parisa Fitz Henley


Wildlife Conservation & Climate with The Irwins, Rainn Wilson and Prof David Hik

Part 3 - Notes From a Hopeful Future


More from Chuck the Polar Bear


A Special Message and Performance from Andy Grammer


A Hopeful Message from ‘Lil Dicky’ Dave Burd


Sports & Climate Action a conversation with Extreme E (Nico Rosberg, Alejandro Agag, Prof Peter Wadhams and Molly Taylor)


The Disproportionate Effect of Carbon Emissions – Mustafa Santiago Ali and Rainn Wilson


COP26 and the Role of Non-State Actors – Nigel Topping and Rainn Wilson


Fashion’s Role in a More Sustainable Future – Eva Karlsonn from Houdini


The Role of Banking to Move the Needle – BNP Paribas with Rainn Wilson


100% concerned, but 100% optimistic – Antoine Sire (BNP Paribas) and Prof. Gail Whiteman


Why Would a Banker Camp at Davos? Gwen Yu (BNP Paribas) and Prof David Hik


A Special Message and Performance from Michael Franti


A final word from Chuck the Polar Bear


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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.