People living in the Arctic, especially Indigenous people, are experiencing increasing challenges to their health and well-being owing to the impacts of climate change on their environment, affecting the species they hunt, fish or harvest and thus their food security, among others. To better understand these complex challenges, their impacts and potential means to address them, a broad One Health type of approach is needed, encompassing the health of ecosystems, animals and humans. Such an approach must also bring in the traditional, long-term knowledge of the Indigenous Peoples who inhabit the Arctic and see it from a holistic, all-encompassing perspective. In addition to climate-related health risks, the northward transport of chemical contaminants from mid-latitudes via air and oceanic currents affects Arctic species of plants and animals as well as humans; identifying “new” chemicals in the Arctic represents an international challenge. These issues will be presented based on current international research activities conducted under the EU, AMAP and their respective member countries.
- Cheryl Khoury, Health Canada, Co-lead AMAP Human Health Assessment Group
- Arja Rautio, Thule Institute, University of Oulu, Finland
- Tiff-Annie Kenny, University of Laval, Quebec
- Katrin Vorkamp, Aarhus University, Department of Environmental Science, Roskilde, Denmark
The webinar will be recorded. You can watch the webinar again later on our YouTube channel.