Anchorage’s bushpeople are suffering from the effects of Arctic climate change.
But, despite their suffering, they’re taking action to adapt.
Alaska weather in June 2014 was the worst in over 30 years.
But a year later, Alaska’s bush population is expected to hit 1 million.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is hoping that climate change will help them get through the winter.
“There is a lot of hope that this year we will see a lot more bush people than last year,” said John Prentice, director of the Alaska Department’s Arctic Climate Research and Education Center.
Prentice has been working to find ways to help the state’s native inhabitants survive this harsh winter.
In May, Alaska residents voted to approve a $1 million gift from the National Science Foundation to help develop programs that help the native inhabitants adapt to climate change, like using heat-resistant shelter and reducing their reliance on wood and fuel to cook and heat their homes.
Prentices hopes this gift will help native people get through winter, and he hopes that this will help get more people in Alaska to think about climate change as an important issue.
Prentice and other experts are working on a new program that is focused on educating residents about climate and natural resource issues.
They’re working with Alaska’s Department of Transportation and Alaska State Parks to create a mobile climate monitoring station in the Yukon, which is already the busiest region for weather.
The station will monitor temperature and humidity and will allow Alaska’s native peoples to better understand what they need to do to cope with this new environment.
The Alaska Department has been able to provide climate monitoring for the Yukons for years, Prentice said.
“This station will be able to do that for the next several years.”
The Alaska Native American Women’s Network is also working to develop a program that provides financial assistance for women who may be impacted by the effects climate change on their lives.
It will provide women with a one-time gift of $1,000 for every $1 in property taxes they pay on their property.
“I’m not sure why it’s so hard for Alaska Native women to make ends meet,” said Maria Dang, a resident of the town of Yup’ik and a volunteer at the Native American Woman’s Network.
Dang has worked to support women with health issues and said that, if climate change were to change, she might not be able make ends met in the community.
“It’s a lot harder for us to make money for our children.
I’m going to be in the woods for a while.”
The program has already started and is helping to help Alaska’s climate change-affected people make ends meets.
Payson said that the new station is one of the first in the world that has access to a weather station.
The local government in Yupik also has begun to offer financial assistance to residents.
In a recent program, the village has given out a one million dollar gift to a family that has been affected by the winter, as well as to a community center that is hosting winter campers.
In addition, the community has donated $5,000 to a homeless shelter that will provide food, clothing and other support for people who are experiencing homelessness.
“We’ve given them a place to live, food to eat and we’ve been there for them,” said Alina Ruppel, the director of Yups Town Center, which serves people experiencing homelessness in the area.
“The goal is to give these people some of the stability that they need in their lives and they’re going to help them be more self-sufficient in their future, so that they can thrive,” said Prentice.
“In a lot different ways, it’s helping to sustain the people and it’s also helping to create economic opportunities for the people.”
Prentice hopes that the funds will be enough to help make a difference.
“I think that’s really important.
We need to be a big part of making sure that the people of Alaska have the opportunity to succeed,” he said.
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