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WHERE: Portland State University, Native American & Community Center

WHEN: Monday May 5th at 10:00am

Come hear Larry Merculieff, born and raised in traditional Aleut culture in Alaska’s Pribilof Islands. This activist puts a human face on climate change as he describes the urgent, immediate changes that are happening in his environment now and how they affect the traditional ways of indigenous people in Alaska

Larry Merculieff (an Aleut, one of Alaska’s indigenous peoples) tells stories about his traditional upbringing in the Bering Sea, and how wise elders helped him understand the importance of addressing climate change now. Larry has decades of experience bringing together Alaska Native traditional wisdom, science, and environmental concerns, using his first-hand perspective to put a human face on this complicated issue.

In addition to climate change, excessive carbon dioxide emissions are causing ocean acidification. In the past 200 years the world oceans have absorbed half of all CO2, resulting in the surface layers of our oceans being almost 30% more acidic.

Merculieff’s visit is part of The Alaska Speaking Tour Project sponsored by the Alaska Marine Conservation Council with funding from the Pew Institute for Ocean Science at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.

Larry Merculieff is Co-founder and former chairman of the Alaska Indigenous Council on Marine Mammals; former chairman of the Nature Conservancy, Alaska chapter; former co-director of the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society, Alaska chapter; as well as co-founder of the International Bering Sea Forum, the Alaska Forum on the Environment, and the Alaska Oceans Network.

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The speaking tour is bringing Alaskan marine scientists and indigenous people to the lower-48 states to offer “first-hand” stories about how Alaskans are witnessing the effects of global warming now and to raise awareness about the need for national energy policy reform. Sponsored by the Alaska Marine Conservation Council (www.akmarine.org).