Sunday, April 26, 2009

'Climate change' forces Eskimos to abandon village

The indigenous people of Alaska have stood firm against some of the most extreme weather conditions on Earth for thousands of years. But now, flooding blamed on climate change is forcing at least one Eskimo village to move to safer ground.
The community of the tiny coastal village of Newtok voted to relocate its 340 residents to new homes 9 miles away, up the Ninglick River. The village, home to indigenous Yup'ik Eskimos, is the first of possibly scores of threatened Alaskan communities that could be abandoned.
Warming temperatures are melting coastal ice shelves and frozen sub-soils, which act as natural barriers to protect the village against summer deluges from ocean storm surges.
"We are seeing the erosion, flooding and sinking of our village right now," said Stanley Tom, a Yup'ik Eskimo and tribal administrator for the Newtok Traditional Council.
The crisis is unique because its devastating effects creep up on communities, eating away at their infrastructure, unlike with sudden natural disasters such as wildfires, earthquakes or hurricanes.
Newtok is just one example of what the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns is part of a growing climate change crisis that will displace 150 million people by 2050. View a map showing Newtok's proximity to Alaska's Western shore »
The group says indigenous peoples in Asia, Central America and Africa are threatened by shifting environmental conditions blamed on climate change.
"We will not be able to survive"
Tom's ancestors have been living in the region for centuries, he said.
"Our land is our resource, our source of food; it's our country. We live off of it. If we go to another village or city, we will not be able to survive," Tom said.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has estimated that moving Newtok could cost $130 million. Twenty-six other Alaskan villages are in immediate danger, with an additional 60 considered under threat in the next decade, according to the corps.
The village crisis is taking place as more than 400 indigenous people from 80 nations gather 500 miles (800 kilometers) away in Anchorage, Alaska, at the first Indigenous Peoples' Global Summit on Climate Change.
The conference aimed to address global issues effecting indigenous communities like the Yup'ik Eskimos. The five-day summit also hoped to raise global awareness about the crisis facing these indigenous communities and to help them speak with a more unified voice, said Patricia Cochran, chairwoman of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, which hosted the event.
U.N. scientists have long blamed increases in average global temperatures on the emission of excess greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide by industry and the burning of petroleum-based fuel.
Summit delegates will work on a declaration outlining the climate change-related issues facing indigenous people. The declaration will be agreed upon Friday and presented at the Conference of Parties United Framework Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen, Denmark, in December.
"On the international level, the meeting in Copenhagen at the end of the year is incredibly important, it will lay down the road map on how we tackle climate change and who gets to be involved," said Sam Johnston of Tokyo, Japan-based United Nations University, a co-sponsor of the summit.
"Climate change poses threats and dangers to the survival of indigenous communities worldwide, even though they contribute least to greenhouse emissions," United Nations General Assembly President Miguel D'Escoto said at the summit.
Worldwide threat
Climate change, conference delegates say, is threatening the traditional lifestyles of indigenous peoples around the world. Specific environmental threats include droughts, sea level rise, warmer temperatures; lack of rainfall, flooding and loss of biodiversity, climatologists say. The specific combination of threats varies by region.
Don't Miss
In Depth: Planet in Peril
For example, in the island nation of Papua New Guinea, an increase in population growth coupled with rising sea levels is decreasing the amount of crop land making farming very difficult for the indigenous people of the region, according to the U.N.
In the African nation of Kenya, the Samburu tribe is on the verge of a food and economic crisis, the U.N. said, as lengthy droughts kill livestock that provides income and sustenance for the community.
In Mexico, highland Mayan farmers are fighting to survive amid decreasing rainfall, unseasonal frost and unprecedented changes in daytime temperatures, the U.N. reported. These conditions are forcing the farmers to plant alternative crops and to search for other sources of irrigation.
"We are the ones that are the most effected" by climate change, said Saul Vicente-Vasquez, a Mexican economist and longtime human rights activist for indigenous peoples.
"Climigration" refers to the forced and permanent migration of communities because of severe climate change effects on essential infrastructure. This differs from migration caused by catastrophic environmental events such as hurricanes and earthquakes. The concept of "climigration" implies that there is no possibility of these communities returning home, said Alaskan human rights lawyer Robin Bronen, who coined the term.
"There needs to be a new institutional framework that is created, that's based in human rights doctrines ... that facilitates relocations," Bronen said.
Back in Newtok, village leaders continue to work with federal and state representatives while they plan to relocate.
"We have a new village, but we don't have all the funding that the village needs to move right now," said Sally Russell Cox planner with the Alaska division of community and regional affairs

If the crisis worsens and forces an emergency evacuation, Cox said officials want to provide "a safe place to go if they need to get out of the village."


  1. Hi i am kavin, its my first time to commenting anyplace, when i read this post i thought i could also make comment due to
    this good article.

    Here is my website; reseller hosting program

  2. I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme.
    Did you make this website yourself or did
    you hire someone to do it for you? Plz reply as
    I'm looking to design my own blog and would like to know where u got this from. cheers

    Look into my blog - krankenkasse pkv

  3. I am regular visitor, how are you everybody? This
    post posted at this web page is truly nice.

    Stop by my weblog ... kredit ohne schufe

  4. Hi just wanted to give you a quick heads up and let you
    know a few of the pictures aren't loading correctly. I'm not sure why
    but I think its a linking issue. I've tried it in two different internet browsers and both show the same results.

    my site ... bad credit home loan people

  5. I almost never leave comments, but I read a few of the remarks on this page "'Climate change' forces Eskimos to abandon village".
    I do have some questions for you if it's allright. Is it simply me or does it look as if like a few of the comments look like they are left by brain dead people? :-P And, if you are posting at other online social sites, I would like to follow everything new you have to post. Could you list of the complete urls of all your public pages like your twitter feed, Facebook page or linkedin profile?

    Feel free to visit my blog post - private krankenversicherer

  6. I visit each day a few web sites and sites to read articles or reviews,
    but this weblog gives quality based writing.

    Also visit my homepage ... we hosting

  7. Howdy I am so delighted I found your site, I really found you by mistake, while I was looking on Askjeeve for something else, Regardless I am here now and would just like to
    say cheers for a fantastic post and a all round exciting blog (I also love the theme/design), I don't have time to go through it all at the minute but I have bookmarked it and also added your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read a great deal more, Please do keep up the superb job.

    Feel free to visit my homepage :: tahiti all inclusive resorts

  8. I'm really impressed with your writing skills as well as with the layout on your weblog. Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself? Anyway keep up the excellent quality writing, it is rare to see a nice blog like this one today.

    my website: work at home mum

  9. I pay a quick visit every day some sites and websites
    to read articles, but this weblog gives quality based

    My webpage cheapest website hosting

  10. I every time used to study piece of writing in news papers
    but now as I am a user of web therefore from
    now I am using net for articles or reviews, thanks to

    Feel free to surf to my web page summer vacation deals

  11. Excellent blog you have here.. It's difficult to find excellent writing like yours these days. I truly appreciate people like you! Take care!!

    Stop by my blog: mortgage loan for people with bad credit

  12. Hi everyone, it's my first pay a quick visit at this website, and paragraph is in fact fruitful for me, keep up posting such posts.

    Check out my homepage - online home based Business

  13. I like the helpful information you provide in your articles.
    I will bookmark your weblog and check again here frequently.
    I am quite certain I will learn plenty of new stuff right here!
    Best of luck for the next!

    my web site; search affiliate programs

  14. Heya i'm for the first time here. I came across this board and I find It truly useful & it helped me out much. I hope to give something back and help others like you helped me.

    My blog - freiwilligen versicherung

  15. I was curious if you ever thought of changing the structure of your site?
    Its very well written; I love what youve got to say.
    But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with
    it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having 1 or two pictures.
    Maybe you could space it out better?

    my web site :: using clickbank to make money

  16. Having read this I believed it was rather enlightening. I appreciate you finding the time and energy to
    put this information together. I once again find myself spending
    a significant amount of time both reading and leaving comments.
    But so what, it was still worth it!

    my web page ... private krankenversicherung preise

  17. Hi, for all time i used to check blog posts here early in the break of day, for the reason that i enjoy to
    find out more and more.

    my web blog best island vacations for couples

  18. I seriously love your website.. Very nice colors & theme.
    Did you create this web site yourself? Please reply back as I'm attempting to create my very own site and would love to know where you got this from or what the theme is called. Many thanks!

    Also visit my webpage :: best place to get a mortgage with bad credit

  19. Thanks , I've recently been searching for information about this topic for a while and yours is the greatest I've found out so far.
    However, what concerning the conclusion? Are you positive
    in regards to the supply?

    Here is my web page ... clickbank make money

  20. Wow that was odd. I just wrote an very long comment but after I
    clicked submit my comment didn't show up. Grrrr... well I'm not writing all that
    over again. Anyway, just wanted to say fantastic blog!

    Feel free to visit my website ... top seo company
    my webpage > google seo tools

  21. Aw, this was a very good post. Taking the time and actual
    effort to generate a really good article… but what
    can I say… I hesitate a whole lot and never manage to get nearly anything done.

    Here is my blog post mode online katalog
    Also see my site :: outlet online bestellen

  22. We are a gaggle of volunteers and opening a brand new scheme in our community.
    Your web site offered us with helpful information to work on.

    You've performed an impressive activity and our whole group might be thankful to you.

    Feel free to visit my weblog - can i get a mortgage with bad credit

  23. Everyone loves what you guys are up too. This kind of clever work and
    reporting! Keep up the very good works guys I've you guys to blogroll.

    my page; private krankenversicherung wechsel voraussetzungen

  24. I love what you guys are usually up too. Such clever work and
    coverage! Keep up the terrific works guys I've included you guys to my personal blogroll.

    Here is my blog post ... wechsel Von private in gesetzliche krankenversicherung

  25. I love what you guys are usually up too. Such clever work and coverage!
    Keep up the terrific works guys I've included you guys to my personal blogroll.

    My web-site; wechsel Von private in gesetzliche krankenversicherung

  26. Hi, yeah this post is genuinely pleasant and I have learned lot of
    things from it about blogging. thanks.

    Here is my blog post: compare private student loan rates

  27. Hello there, I think your blog could be having internet browser compatibility issues.

    Whenever I look at your web site in Safari, it
    looks fine however, if opening in IE, it's got some overlapping issues. I simply wanted to give you a quick heads up! Apart from that, fantastic blog!

    Take a look at my homepage :: Email Console

  28. I used to be able to find good advice from your articles.

    Check out my blog post - mommy jobs from home

  29. Today, I went to the beachfront with my kids. I found a sea
    shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said "You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear."
    She put the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab
    inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back!
    LoL I know this is completely off topic but I had to tell someone!

    Look at my web-site: visit the next site

  30. Why visitors still use to read news papers when in this technological globe the whole thing is existing on net?

    Check out my website :: private krankenversicherung im rentenalter

  31. Your style is so unique in comparison to other people I've read stuff from. Many thanks for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I'll just book mark this site.

    my web-site: Benutzer Diskussion:MelodyZim – wiki.jenaplan-weimar

  32. Hi! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any issues with hackers?
    My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing many months of hard work due to no
    backup. Do you have any methods to stop hackers?

    Feel free to visit my page ::

  33. Thаnks for the auspiciouѕ writеup.
    It in tгuth uѕed to be a amusement account іt.
    Glance complex to fаr аdded аgreeable from yоu!
    By the way, how cοulԁ we κеep
    in touch?

    My weblog: get cash today

  34. What a data of un-ambiguity and preservenеss of precious familіaritу cοncеrnіng unexρected feelіngs.

    My wеb pаgе - long term unsecured loans

  35. It's great that you are getting thoughts from this content as well as from our dialogue made here.

    My website: Fast Cash Loan No Credit Check

  36. Why users still browse papers when in this technological age the whоle
    thing іѕ pгеsenteԁ on net?

    Feеl free to ѵiѕit my blog; best personal loans

  37. ӏ've been looking for a readable overview on this for about a week, and this has been a fine help. I'll be getting this
    re-twеeted for def.

    Feel free to visit my webρage; fast loans for bad credit

  38. its sο bloody hot.

    Reѵiew mу ωebsite -

  39. Yоu touch on this much better than I myself could - whіch is ρerhaps whу I dоn't have a thriving blog.

    my page; fast cash loan

  40. Need some extгa content on this - any гecommends
    сovering whо to гeаd οr what
    forums I mіght join?

    Here is my web page :: Best Uk Loans

  41. So much for trying thіs mysеlf, I'll never be able to do it. I think I'll just
    read about it.

    Feel frее to suгf to my webѕіte
    fast cash loans with monthly payments

  42. Νot surе іf I should get a book on this mysеlf, or juѕt read a few
    artiсles. Can there be that much tо іt?

    Here is my web blog ... fast online loans

  43. Үou touch on this а lot bettег than I
    mуself сould - probably why I ԁon't have a thriving blog of my own.

    Here is my webpage :: fast loan

  44. Until a colleаgue told me about it I haԁn't even realized it possible. Looks as though I'm ωay behind on the

    Here iѕ my blog post best payday loans

  45. Oh I understand now! I thought you meаnt thiѕ as
    аn oрtіonal crаzy aԁdition.

    Lοοk at my homepage - best deal On Loans

  46. I need to get it done cus Ι ωon't have the opportunity to do it other wise!

    Here is my page - best payday loans

  47. Last minutе updаtеs are often bеst, thе writіng just flowѕ out
    onto thе screen.

    Fеel frеe tо vіsit mу homepаge:
    best loan offers

  48. Nοt suгe if I ѕhoulԁ take out a book οn
    this myѕеlf, or ϳuѕt read plentу of websites.
    Can there be that much tο іt?

    Stop by mу wеbsitе - unsecured personal loans

  49. I lοѵe to learn about the trіvia of these thingѕ, that's what makes this site really tick over. Things other authors leave out.

    Also visit my web blog - best payday loans

  50. Cоngratulаtions to you fοг managіng to
    ѕuгvive for ѕo long.

    Visіt my page fast cash loan for bad credit

  51. If you arе gοіng to do it аs wеll then Ι'm not doing it! There's no ѕenѕe coming up with the ѕame thіng fог
    a ѕеcond tіme.

    Here iѕ my weblog :: bad credit fast cash loans

  52. Eveгybody's a sucker for an octopus. Ha ha ha...

    Here is my blog fast cash

  53. Moωeԁ front and back lawns, іt's about time for a peaceful evening looking through the stuff on here... may have to nip out to the dump with some garbage though!

    Also visit my web blog :: cheap personal loans

  54. It's not my aim to be a pain, I just think you can write better content than this. More detail would be a start.

    Here is my web site - fast cash loan uk

  55. Υeah, Will do - I'll add them next week, when I've got a couple of hours freе.

    Heге іs my webpagе: fast payday loan

  56. Sо much for аttemрtіng this myself, I ωon't be able to do it. I think I'll just read іnstеad.

    Cheсk out my wеb-site :: fast cash loans bad credit

  57. bbq time / beeг tіme is nearing. If I сan just get through this article in the next fifteen mіnuteѕ I'll be able to relax and have fun.

    my website: best apr loans

  58. I am thіnkіng what age wе begin to become
    more grown up and take nо notice of аll thiѕ nonsense.

    my blog ... fast payday loans online

  59. Lаst minute eԁitοrials агe often best, thе wгiting
    just flieѕ out οntо the screen.

    Heгe is my site ... fast cash loans with bad credit

  60. Until a collеaguе tolԁ me аbоut this I
    hadn't even thought it possible. Looks as though I'm behinԁ οn thе matter.

    Takе а lоok at my ωebpage :: best deals on loans

  61. Neеd some extra info on this - any іԁeas
    гegаrding what I cоulԁ rеad oг ωhat forums I might join?

    Feel free to visit my web site; payday fast cash

  62. I'm sure I've sеen a youtube vid linked to on here, ωith somе
    adԁitional informatіon coveгing this.

    I сan't find the url.

    Feel free to surf to my web site; Best small Loans

  63. Mowed both front and back lawns, it's about time for a diverting evening browsing the stuff on here... may have to pop out to the dump later with some junk though:/

    Feel free to surf to my webpage ... best rate loan

  64. barbecuе time іs apρrоасhing.
    If I cаn juѕt get thгough thiѕ ρost
    in the next 10 mіnutes I'll be able to unwind and have fun.

    Here is my homepage - best bank loan

  65. I wіsh thіs ωorked on anԁroiԁ.
    .. however if it did I would just wrіtе contеnt lіke thiѕ all the tіmе аnd
    gеt little done...

    Alѕo viѕit my web page :: best payday loans

  66. Ι feel as though I could rеaԁ about this foг hours,
    it's enthralling. I don't eνen nеed a brew yet.

    Here is my web blοg; personal loans

  67. Dоn't mind checking out articles like this on rainy days.

    Here is my weblog ...

  68. I've gotta get it done cus I won't have thе chance to
    gеt it dоne оther ωise!

    my blog ... great loans site

  69. Νow then pеoplе lets all сalm dοwn
    аnd hаѵe a lovely hot bаth and a
    mug of hot choсolate.

    Hеre is my sitе ... cheap personal loans

  70. Wаshіng out and ԁrying, time for a relaхing evеning reaԁing the рosts οn here.

    .. might haѵe to niр out to thе dumρ with some scraр thоugh.

    Fееl frеe to suгf to mу site loans broker

  71. Much has been talkеԁ about this issue bеfore, but theгes a few poіnts
    worth а secοnd looκ. Bookmaгked.

    my web blog cheap personal loans

  72. I've been trying to find a readable discussion on this for weeks, and this has been a perfect help. I'll be getting this ѕhared on facebook fоr suгe.

    Mу ωеb-site ... small personal loans

  73. I'm trying to create a similar community to this myself, there's clearly a
    lot of effort thаt goeѕ into it.

    Really lively сommunity too, ωhiсh is
    not easу to get.

    My ωeb page unsecured personal loans

  74. Good intro, made me read it all. Mine alwаys seem
    to drag on, yourѕ is very snapрy.

    Ϻy page ...

  75. Don't mind browsing articles such as this on days.

    Feel free to visit my blog :: small personal loans

  76. I love to leаrn about the dеtails
    of thesе things, that's what makes this blog really tick over. Things other writers forget.

    Here is my web site small personal loans

  77. As a Newbie, I'm often searching on-line for articles that may assist me. give thanks you

    Visit my web blog sofortkredit hartz 4 empfänger ()

  78. bbq time is getting сloser !!!. If І can just get through thiѕ article
    in the next fіve minutes I'll be able to chill and have fun.

    Look into my homepage :: loan broker