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Summary

This knowledge brief addresses the severe effects of permafrost degradation on youth and their future outlook. This is an issue that has not received enough widespread attention in the context of rapid climate change in the Circumpolar North. While youth and youth-led initiatives are advocating for drastic climate change adaptation and mitigation today, it is important to enhance and strengthen the voices of young communities in the Arctic, where permafrost thaw is altering longstanding traditions, landscapes, and ways of living, potentially reaching a point of no return for many. More research and activities will, therefore, benefit from exploring some of the youth engagement methodologies and networks highlighted in this brief working paper.