Sheila Watt-Cloutier, chairperson of the Alaska-based Inuit Circumpolar Conference has said that the us was hindering work to follow up a 2004 report by 250 scientists which pointed that climate change could make the Arctic Ocean ice-free in summer by 2100.
Watt-Cloutier was addressing the press in Oslo after receiving the annual Sophie Environmental Prize. She also said the Inuit planned a petition to the 34-member Organization of American States (oas) to put pressure on the us to make more cuts in industrial emissions of heat-trapping gases. The oas represents 34 nations in the North and South America. Its Inter-American Commission on Human Rights analyses and investigates petitions, which allege human rights violations. It has no power to sanction the us but could issue a report agreeing with the Inuit.
The Inuit, who number about 155,000 in the us, R ussia, Canada and Greenland, hope that the oas will agree that climate change tantamounts to a us abuse of their human rights: it thins down ice and endangers creatures such as seals and polar bears -- the Inuit hunt them for their livelihood.
We are a voice to you; you have been a support to us. Together we build journalism that is independent, credible and fearless. You can further help us by making a donation. This will mean a lot for our ability to bring you news, perspectives and analysis from the ground so that we can make change together.
Comments are moderated and will be published only after the site moderator’s approval. Please use a genuine email ID and provide your name. Selected comments may also be used in the ‘Letters’ section of the Down To Earth print edition.