Thursday, June 02, 2005

Inuit Peoples & Others From Arctic Fight Global Warming

Inuit peoples and other indigenous leaders from the Arctic Council recently called on the 25-nation European Union to do more to fight global warming and to protect the indigenous way of life. Chief Gary Harrison, who represents the Athabascan people in Alaska and Canada, said urgent action was needed from EU, the United States and Russia. "Maybe we can put pressure on and maybe they can turn the corner and help," he said. The Arctic region shared by eight different nations is home to about 4,000,000 people, including more than 30 different indigenous groups including the Canadian Inuit peoples. The Arctic Council represents the indigenous people from the Arctic regions of Canada, Russia, the United States, Finland and Scandinavia. Inuit people from Canada have noticed the effects of global warming claiming that ice melts earlier and comes later in the season which affects the Arctic wildlife. This in turn affects the Inuit people. To see more articles on the culture and arts of the Inuit peoples, see Inuit Art Information Resource Articles.

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