Dr. Sue Natali’s TED Talk on the new Permafrost Pathways project

Sue Natali speaks at SESSION 4 at TED2022: A New Era. April 10-14, 2022, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Photo: Stacie McChesney / TED

On Monday, April 11, 2022, the Woodwell Climate Research Center‘s Dr. Sue Natali took to the stage at the TED2022 annual conference in Vancouver to introduce Permafrost Pathways—a new multidisciplinary project connecting science, people, and policy for Arctic justice and global climate. With poised urgency, Dr. Natali delivered a powerful speech highlighting the compounding threats that Arctic communities and our global climate face due to thawing permafrost. Her passionate delivery of such a critical message was rightfully met with a standing ovation.

Permafrost Pathways was launched in 2022 with funding through the TED Audacious Project—a collaborative funding initiative catalyzing big, bold solutions to the world’s most urgent challenges. Through a joint effort between Woodwell Climate Research Center, the Arctic Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School, and the Alaska Institute for Justice, Permafrost Pathways brings together leading experts in climate science, policy action, and environmental justice to inform and develop adaptation and mitigation strategies to address permafrost thaw.

“Ultimately, the climate crisis is a human rights crisis, and it’s one that’s already underway. But through these actions that we take now, we can greatly reduce future harm and take us on a more just and equitable journey.” – Dr. Sue Natali

Watch the TED talk here: “How ancient Arctic carbon threatens everyone on the planet”

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