Portraits of Resilience

Hunting

One of the biggest things that has changed in my village, due to global warming, is the ice is melting when we need it to hunt sea mammals in spring time. Global warming is causing rising land and ocean temperatures which keeps the ice from forming as solidly as it should. 
 

One of the biggest things that has changed in my village, due to global warming, is the ice is melting when we need it to hunt sea mammals in spring time. Global warming is causing rising land and ocean temperatures which keeps the ice from forming as solidly as it should. 

Instead of being strong enough to hold a full grown man on a snow-machine, the ice now breaks, which is very dangerous for us. Seals don’t come into our hunting waters in the fall. In years past there was enough sea ice for the seals to rest on, so they would come and that’s where we could find them.

Now, because there isn’t enough sea ice the seals don’t come into our area. When we can’t hunt them, we lose out on food, supplies for native arts and winter clothing. The seals are a very important part of our culture. Without them, our culture will suffer. 

— Clarence “Ahnalook” Weyiouanna

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