Qikiqtaruk – The Vanishing Island
30th July @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Qikiqtaruk is an Arctic island off the north coast of the Yukon Territory in Canada. With a rich cultural and natural heritage, this territorial park is home to wildlife such as whales, seals, caribou, polar and grizzly bears, snowy owls, and much more. However, their habitats are changing rapidly due to climate change: ecological monitoring reveals that vegetation composition is shifting towards taller, woody plants, and ground that has been frozen for millennia is thawing, leading to collapses of the coast into the sea.
Perhaps nowhere else on Earth are the consequences of climate change so obvious than in the Arctic, but they are largely happening out of sight. Sandra Angers-Blondin is an ecologist and photographer, and will share stories and images of eight years working in the tundra. As the recipient of last year’s Environmental Awareness Bursary from the Royal Photographic Society, she spent a month visually documenting the natural environment of Qikiqtaruk, to bring attention to changes happening at the top of the world, and share the beauty of a world that few people get to see.