Alaska has a long history of engaging in climate change issues through our unique position as the only Arctic region in the United States. Through efforts such as the Northern Waters Task Force, the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission, the Climate Change Sub-Cabinet and the U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council, Alaska has sought to understand the challenges and opportunities presented by a changing climate and to ensure that Alaska has a voice in national and international decision-making. Recognizing the need to reenergize and expand upon these previous policy efforts, Governor Bill Walker signed Administrative Order 289 on October 31, 2017. AO 289 established the Alaska Climate Change Strategy and the Climate Action for Alaska Leadership Team (CALT). The Strategy creates a flexible and long-lasting framework for an Alaskan response to climate change informed by the best available science, integration of indigenous and local knowledge, and consideration of Alaska’s economic interests. AO 289 also called for State departments to review their previous work on climate change and identify immediate actions. Upon their selection in December 2017, CALT members have worked to develop a recommended climate change policy for Alaska, as well as a recommended climate action plan. The recommended climate policy provides a broad vision and goals for the State’s response to climate change, while the recommended action plan identifies specific implementation measures. Both sets of recommendations are intended to create a platform from which the State can develop urgently needed actions to address the impacts and root causes of climate change. To complement the CALT recommendations, State departments identified early and achievable actions that the State can take now as part of a comprehensive climate change strategy. The CALT also delivered a transmittal letter to accompany their recommendations, as well as a message from the Chair, Lt. Governor Byron Mallott. The two sets of recommendations from the CALT and the separate State early actions were publicly released on September 26, 2018 (click images below to download each file).