Inuit hope climate change report strikes a chord
Feb 05, 2007 13:05 PST
Note: Here is a story that might be worth reading. It is essentially an
eyewitness account from people who are in the process of directly
observing and experiencing climate change. The Inuit, like the polar
bears are watching the arctic environment they share change around
them. To most of the world the arctic is almost a forgotten area, I
mean no one really vacations there and there aren't casino's, beaches,
amusement resorts or major sporting events there. It seems somewhat
ironic that the largely unobserved Arctic is also one of the first
places to feel major effects from Climate Change. That is like taking a
canary into a coal mine and then leaving it in an area of the mine that
no one visits.
Last Updated: Monday, February 5, 2007 | 10:06 AM CT CBC News
The findings of the latest climate change report came as no surprise to
people in Nunavut who have been calling for action on global warming
for the past decade.
The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, released
Friday in France, said the increase in greenhouse gas emissions created
by humans is causing the Arctic sea ice and glaciers to melt and sea
levels to rise.
Inuit environmentalist Sheila Watt-Cloutier, who has spent years trying
to educate the international community about climate change, said this
is not the first report to make dire predictions but she hopes the
world will take this one more seriously.
"I know it takes many, many years, sometimes decades, to mobilize the
global community to really take action," she told CBC News Friday.
Posted By Mike Johnston to H2OPower at 2/05/2007 03:44:00 PM