Through various science-related and media channels Arctic indigenous peoples and western society have moved closer to a balanced account of Arctic environmental change. Focusing on the role of polar scientist and Inuit media makers, this article articulates the process through which a cross-cultural exchange of environmental knowledge is beginning to occur. At the intersection of Traditional Knowledge with western science and new media technology, a nascent but significant shift in practice is providing pathways to a 'trusted' exchange of Arctic climate change knowledge. Potentially, both could influence our global understanding of climate change.
Erica Dingman is an Associate Fellow at the World Policy Institute, USA.