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LLI: Light Grows as Life Fades Above the Arctic Circle

Presented ByLifelong Learning Institute, Manassas
When/WhereWednesday, Feb 12, 2020 10:00amHylton Performing Arts Center, Lg Rehearsal Hall, Science and Technology Campus

Speaker: Joyce Johnston

10:00 a.m. refreshments
10:30 a.m.-noon speaker

Beyond the Arctic Circle there once stretched a shining world--1500 square miles of crystalline air and unpolluted lakes the size of inland seas. Even five years ago, reindeer roamed all summer across the green meadows of three countries, shepherded by Sami on routes their people have known for 5,000 years. Now reindeer find warming seas drowning their migration routes, their calves dying of heat exhaustion and freezing rain blocking their access to food they see but cannot reach. The 8,400 tons of ice now leaving Greenland every second of every year means that sea-level is rising and animals are starving in all the Nordic lands. Even though Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland have all signed a pact to combat climate change, the key question is: can they possibly succeed?

Joyce Johnston’s lifetime of travel as an Army brat has given her a love of unexplored places and a taste for adventure. She has extended her love of diverse cultures into 33 years with her multinational students at George Mason University as well as frequent travel with her husband Craig. The Vanishing Worlds presentation highlights a heavily threatened region dear to her heart: Europe’s far north, a territory most outsiders treasure in imagination but will never see. Now political and climactic forces threaten to decimate it, but even if it survives, the culture must change, and the world we enjoyed sharing is slipping away.

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