In college I studied Environmental Policy. When I decided I wanted to become some kind of journalist, I thought my undergraduate studies would be an interesting blip, not something I would build on.
But every day in Western Alaska I read about and have the chance to report on the issues I learned about in classrooms 3,700 miles away.
Alaska, like anywhere, is a place of contradictions: an Arctic region on the frontline of climate change… that’s been dependent on oil and gas money for decades. I’ve been thinking a lot about that tension, and others, as I feel my way through my year here.
Listen above for more, and read up on some of the topics I touch on:
- The Climate Science Special Report finds Alaska warming twice as fast as global average
- Senator Lisa Murkowski calls for action on climate change–and more oil drilling
- Alaska Permanent Fund dividends announced for 2017
Image at top: The distinctly un-frozen Bering Sea at the end of October 2017. Photo: Zoe Grueskin/KNOM.