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Climate Change and Fossil Fuel Industry: A Double Threat for the Inuit

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One of many waterfalls cascades down the vertical cliffs of Sam Ford Fiord, testament to the volume of glacier melt. (Photo: Chris Williams)

Which Americans are most affected by Global Warming?

An ongoing interest of mine is the effects of Climate Change on minority populations. Here in the USA, we have, to some extent, the money to insulate ourselves from the immediate effects of Global Warming. Not so much minority populations as this article about the Inuit of Alaska shows…

For Inuit, Arctic climate change imposed by a social system based on profit and endless commodification represents a double threat to their culture.

The Inuit in the Canadian Arctic are engaged in a centuries-old fight to retain their culture and reestablish self-determination and genuine sovereignty. In particular, Inuit in the autonomous territory of Nunavut are resisting what American Indian studies scholar Daniel R. Wildcat has described as a “fourth removal attempt” of Indigenous people, coming on the heels of failed efforts at spatial, social and psycho-cultural deletion.

Read: On Melting Ice: Inuit Struggle Against Oil and Gas in the Arctic by Chris Williams, Alternet.

 

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Prescott Allen Hazeltine

Author: Prescott Allen Hazeltine

Prescott grew up in the hills of western Massachusetts, and still feels most at home out in the wild. He went on to graduate from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with his undergraduate degree and has done post graduate studies at the University of Houston as well as the Gemological Institute in New York City. While hiking is a major passion, as is snowshoeing, he also love to read, research and learn, and can just as easily get lost in internet information as he can photographing the wilderness.

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