Antratica New Zealand

New Zealand Government

22 September 2008

International Polar Day - People

The next International Polar Day - People is on 24 September.

For more information download these documents:

International Polar Day - People

Activities for the day

A list of projects connected with the topic is on the IPY website. People have lived in the Arctic for many millennia, developing skills, strategies, and community knowledge to survive polar conditions. They succeeded by learning to use local foods from land and ocean, by learning to move safely across land, ice, and ocean, by circum-Arctic trade, and by perpetuating their knowledge through language and culture. In recent centuries resource exploitation and political activities imposed from outside the polar regions have changed the livelihoods and well-being of polar residents in good and bad ways. Climate change and renewed exploitation present urgent challenges to Arctic people.