Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Inuit Activist Wins United Nations Award

Sheila Watt-Cloutier, an Inuit activist, recently won the Mahbub ul Haq Award for Excellence in Human Development from the United Nations. Fifty-three year old Cloutier has been a tireless advocate in warning others about the effects of climate change in the Arctic.

“Our elders having been experiencing disturbing changes to our environment,” said Watt-Cloutier. “Permafrost is shrinking, increasing erosion and forcing people to move homes ... glaciers are melting creating torrents in place of streams ... wildlife is dying. The world must pay attention to what's happening to Arctic communities because we are the early warning system for the rest of the planet,” she said.

Bravo to Sheila Watt-Cloutier!

To see some of the Inuit culture, see Arctic art.

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