Thursday, March 29, 2007

Arctic Expedition Explores Global Warming

Dogsledder Will Steger has joined Inuit hunters and others on a three-month expedition across Baffin Island in Canada's Arctic. The trip will explore how global warming is destroying the wildlife and the lives of the local Inuit peoples. The group will travel 1,930 kilometers, stopping to interview Inuit families in five Inuit communities. Updates for will be provided online each day. After the expedition, an Inuit group will travel to Washington, D.C. to testify in Congress about global warming.

"Everyone had a story about how global warming was affecting their hunting and their lives," said Steger. "The ice is forming later and later and breaking up earlier. A lot of them are not able to get out for a lot of their hunts, especially for walrus. In a lot of these villages, 80% of their food comes from the land."

The expedition will travel by dog team from February to May 10 and updates are online.

To see a map of the region, see Arctic Map of Inuit Communities.

Also see Arctic artwork at Inuit Art.

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