Sunday, December 13, 2009

Inuits need cash for freezers in warming Arctic

Reuters: Inuit communities need funds to adapt to climate change in the Arctic, including measures to build communal deep freezers to store game because warming is reducing their hunting season, an Inuit leader said on Friday. The Inuit, the indigenous people of Greenland, Canada, Alaska and Russia, have traditionally hunted for Arctic species from seal to polar bear, whale to caribou.

"In Canada we see climate changes on a day to day basis," said Violet Ford, a Canadian official of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC). Ford, who was born and raised in the Inuit community of Makkovik, Labrador, said more funds are needed for adaptation and response to climate change in the Arctic and in developing countries.

"That should also be going to the Inuit communities as a response to climate change," Ford told a news conference in the Danish capital where 190 governments are gathered for U.N. talks on a new global climate deal. "We need infrastructure," Ford said. "We want community deep freezers if the hunting patterns change so much that we can only go hunting a few times a year."…

Seal hunter near Cape Dorset, shot by Ansgar Walk, Wikimeda Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.5 License

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