Arctic Basecamp, Davos

The unprecedented rate of Arctic change has global implications for our environment, economies and societies.
See the recent Nature article: Three Years to Safeguard our Climate.

The  Pentland Centre at Lancaster University, led by Professor Gail Whiteman, is dedicated to create a world-class hub for transdisciplinary research on sustainability. They are an active partner in the European ICE-ARC (Ice Climate Economics-Arctic Research on Change) project  They write:

As part of these efforts, we organised Arctic Basecamp 2017 at Davos during the World Economic Forum 2017 (WEF), with four key objectives:

  • To present state-of-the-art research showing the dramatic changes occurring in the Arctic.
  • To explain how these changes impact Arctic and non-Arctic countries alike.
  • To outline the global economic risks related to Arctic change.
  • To present a call to action to world leaders and top decision-makers at Davos and raise the level of global ambition in-line with the Paris Agreement.

Camping in -24C temperatures is not the typical way to meet former US Vice Presidents, but that is exactly what happened. On 18 January, collaborating with The WSL Institute for snow and avalanche research, The Pentland Centre convened a meeting of over 80 business and civil society leaders, politicians, scientists and policy makers. The summit shared cutting-edge scientific knowledge and rousing keynotes from Al Gore, former US Vice President and Chair of the Climate Reality Project and Christiana Figueres, former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. See them in action on Facebook.


Arctic Basecamp, Davos 2018

To build on the success of Arctic Basecamp 2017 we are now planning Arctic Basecamp 2018 to bring together world leaders and Arctic scientists at the  World Economic Forum Davos 2018held on January 23 - 26, 2018 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. We are also planning a series of other events after Davos 2018 to take the message of ‘Arctic change as a barometer of global risk’ to an even wider audience.


We are busy trying to raise funds to create an ambitious and impactful programme at Davos in 2018 including a crowdfunding initiative just launched - https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/arctic-basecamp1   

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The vision of the Pentland Centre at Lancaster University is to create a world-class hub for transdisciplinary research on sustainability. Science warns of the growing need to deal boldly and systematically with complex, social and environmental challenges on a grand, planetary scale.  One of our primary objectives is to take our knowledge into the boardroom, to push for sustainable business practices, and give businesses the information they need to be a force for good.