About the Coalition
We are a growing group of concerned citizens motivated by the moral, spiritual, & scientific duty to take action & elevate voices calling for responsibility to each other, the earth, and all living beings. Formed in November 2015, FCAC seeks to amplify Alaskan voices for climate action and build momentum for a just and equitable transition to a new way of living with each other and with our environment.
Alaska is on the front-line of climate change impacts as well as the extraction of fossil fuel resources that are responsible for the rapid warming of our global climate. In Alaska, we are living with the unprecedented effects of climate change – permafrost melt, worsening wildfires, and erratic winters to name a few. These impacts disrupt our ways of life, our health, and security. Meanwhile, Alaska’s dependence on fossil fuel extraction has not only polluted our lands and waters, but left our communities reeling from budget deficit and economic recession.
Representing diverse constituencies and taking action on multiple issues, FCAC seeks to create space for the many types of change we will need in order to shift our communities away from an old paradigm of pollution, extraction, colonialism, and inequality. We endeavor to center values of community, resilience, justice, democracy, and Indigenous knowledge as we move forward. With these as guiding principles, we hope to chart a new path forward for Alaska and build a more sustainable economy and society.
Past Events & Actions
Highlights from 2017
Our work as a coalition has only heated up in the past year–both diversifying and intensifying. A brief snapshot of what we've been up to includes:
- A trip to Juneau to meet with and share concerns with state legislators
- Monthly community trainings
- Co-organizing the Defend the Sacred Alaska actions during the Arctic Council ministerial in Fairbanks
- Building an innovative partnership for renewable energy with the Solar In Your Community project
- Kids for Environmental Action
- Earth Day Celebration
- Rallying locally in solidarity with others worldwide during the People's Climate March
- Championing local renewable innovation with the Fairbanks Solar Tour
- Movie showings
- Building dialogue through an Interfaith & Science panel discussion
- Partnering to raise local engagement in a campaign to protect the Arctic Refuge
And much more...
Highlights from 2016
January 27th, 2016: From Paris to Fairbanks Panel Discussion
On the heels of the Paris climate change conference, three Fairbanksans who attended shared their experiences as well as reflections on the implications of climate change for Alaska. To a crowd of about 100, speakers Princess Johnson, Don Ross, and Dave Matheny stressed the need to bring action on climate change home to Fairbanks.
Watch the panel here.
March 15th, 2016: Fairbanks for a Clean Energy Economy Rally at the Arctic Science Summit
In March of 2016, Arctic scientists and policymakers from all over the world met in Fairbanks for the Arctic Science Summit Week to coordinate and collaborate in all areas of Arctic science. To promote dialogue on behalf of the Fairbanks community, a testimonial rally was held on Tuesday, March 15 at Constitution Park on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus, coinciding with summit events.
The rally sought to elevate diverse viewpoints on climate change and address the need to act and educate on ways in which Alaskans (leaders, scientists, and individuals) can respond to climate change in a fair and equitable way with a just transition to a clean energy economy. Among those who spoke were Bessie Odom from the Anchorage NAACP, John Davies from the Fairbanks Borough Assembly, Esau Sinnok from Shishmaref, Jack Hebert from the Cold Climate Housing Research Center, and Jessica Girard from the Northern Alaska Environmental Center.
March 28th, 2016: Public testimony at Senator Murkowski energy hearing
On this day, Senator Lisa Murkowski, along with the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, held a field hearing in Fairbanks titled Alaska Resource Development – Opportunities to Create Jobs and Strengthen National Security. The list of witnesses was released with a major element missing: there was not a single renewable energy witness.
Several dozen members of FCAC appeared before Murkowski to protest the state’s continued dependence on the oil industry, calling instead to diversify our economy and act on climate change.
Read the full article here.