An Arctic Awakening
Climate change is causing Alaska’s Arctic to change at an unprecedented rate that will bring more shipping and development to the Far North. Declining sea ice means more viable and efficient shipping corridors. There is also a growing interest in tapping the large estimated reserves of oil and gas in the Arctic Ocean off the northern shores of Alaska.
The United States lags behind the rest of the Arctic nations in planning for the implications of a changing Arctic. Non-Arctic nations, such as China, are showing increased interest. Arctic development is coming. Now is the time to start shaping this opportunity responsibly.
The Arctic Imperative: Cooperation, Investment, Development
The 2012 Arctic Imperative Summit will once again bring together the leading voices in this conversation, including residents from the small villages that comprise Alaska’s coastal communities; state, national and international leaders; the heads of shipping and industry; investors; international policymakers and the news media.
The goal of the Arctic Imperative Summit is to sharpen the focus on the policy and investment needs of the U.S. Arctic by providing a forum for leaders from all disciplines to collaborate on solutions.