The global impact of climate change is probably more apparent in the Arctic than anywhere else on earth, and Norway, with its ring-side view of these changes, sees an urgent need to decarbonize the global economy. That’s the message the Norwegian ambassador to the United States brought to Santa Fe Prep last week.
Addressing a group of faculty and students, Ambassador Wegger Chr. Strommen spoke of being able to sail the waters of the Arctic Ocean, something unimaginable until Arctic ice levels dropped to their lowest since measurements have been taken. Strommen acknowledged that it would likely be some time before the world can manage to live without carbon energy, but Norwegians believe strongly that the world needs to start thinking about it now.
Earlier in the day, Strommen spoke to a group of 100 local business executives and environmentalists at a luncheon seminar, “The Arctic is Melting and the Desert is Burning: Impacts Globally and Locally.” He said even though Norway and New Mexico are geographically distant, the effects of warming in the Arctic impacts weather around the globe. Strommen’s visit to Prep was organized by parent Mariel Nanasi.