Greenland's natural environment and traditional way of life are being transformed by climate change.
This documentary -- produced by Arirang TV (arirang.co.kr/TV2/sports_interview.asp?F_Key=90&sys_lang=Eng&Page=3; please see the note below) for world-wide broadcast in association with the Copenhagen Climate Summit -- takes you to northwest Greenland, and to Siorapaluk, the northernmost settlement on Earth. Featuring the images and insights of renowned photographer Jenny E. Ross, the program shows you the majesty of the Arctic, the drama of melting glaciers and disappearing sea ice, and the poignant plight of the Inuit people as they struggle to preserve their traditional lifestyle in the face of climate change.
In remote northwest Greenland, the sea remains unfrozen along the coast in late fall, at a time of year when it should be covered with ice. Glaciers are melting, and shedding huge quantities of ice and meltwater into the ocean. The animals inhabiting the land and water are threatened by rising temperatures and loss of sea ice. Greenlanders who have survived for generations by hunting are now losing their prey and their traditional way of life.
Indigenous arctic people are facing the stark reality of a warming climate and are trying to adapt. Until now, the Inuit who were born in Greenland, and know only their traditional culture based on hunting, have never thought of a different life, a different future. The sea, the ice, and the marine mammals here are everything to them. But now they must face the possibility of losing their ancient traditions and their prey along with the disappearing ice. They must find a way to cope.
Eventually, if we do not take action to fight climate change, we will all be seriously affected and we will all have to cope with the devastating consequences of a dramatically warming planet.
View this video on the website of Arirang TV -- including full narration and subtitles (which cannot be uploaded to Vimeo for some reason) here: arirang.co.kr/TV2/sports_interview.asp?F_Key=90&sys_lang=Eng&Page=3
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