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Inuit Observations on Climate Change
This is an overview of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) project at Sachs Harbour on Banks Island, Northwest Territories, Canada, an effort to document the problem of Arctic climate change as experienced by the Inuit living there. There is video commentary by Inuit in which they describe changes in daily life for animals and people at Sachs Harbour: banks caving from permafrost melt, seasonal changes and new types of animals appearing as the old familiar animals disappear, ice dangerously opening up, and most importantly, a new unpredictability added to the usual extreme weather conditions in the Arctic region. The video comes in an abbreviated version, 14 minutes in length, as well as the full version, which is 42 minutes in length. There are reports of IISD trips made during different seasons at Sachs Harbour, a teacher guide for the video, and a report on the climate observations discussed in the IISD: Inuit Observations on Climate Change workshop.
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Guide for instructor
  • Visual:
    • Video
  • Text:
    • Report
Subject:
  • Climatology
  • Geographical Sciences:
    • Human geography
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
RealPlayer or Windows Media needed for the video
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 2000 International Institute for Sustainable Development
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-008-624
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: International Institute for Sustainable Development
Community Adaptation and Sustainable Livelihoods (CASL)
http://www.iisd.org/