The Bird with No Name
As the planet gets warmer, you have to go farther toward the poles to get cool temperatures. Living things have responded: they’re on the move. Plant and animal species are shifting their ranges toward the poles 2-3 times faster than previously believed, and Ilkoo Angutikjuak, an Inuktituk elder from Baffin Island, Canada, speaks of new insects and birds showing up, for which there are no Inuktituk names.
He has been observing changes in the weather since before NASA satellites, and refers to a “lazy wind” that no longer freezes the sea ice as early as it used to, and “melting clouds” that don’t bring rain for summer fruit anymore. The weather is increasingly erratic, and the forecasting methods his family has used for generations are no longer reliable, making it harder to tell whether it is safe to travel or hunt.
Indigenous communities around the world are the hardest hit by climate change. A recent National Geographic report said water-borne disease in Inuit communities is increasing due to more rainfall and faster snowmelt in the Arctic.
Adam Ravetch Shares Incredible Arctic IMAX Experience
Arctic underwater cinematographer Adam Ravetch discusses his friendship with Simon, a local Inuit, who appears in the IMAX film, TO THE ARCTIC.
Gallery: Simon Qamanirg | Inuit Hunter
An Inuit hunter well known for his expertise in Arctic navigation, travel, hunting and survival, Simon was a member of the 2009 GlobalWarming101.com expedition, which traversed 1200 miles across Baffin Island with Richard Branson, Will Steger and Ed Viesturs. He was also our guide in Arctic Bay, Alaska.
A way of life threatened
We can learn from the Inuit, who have lived in the Arctic for thousands of years. They see the changes happening there, and provide strong reminders of how this will effect us all.