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As the Inuit (one Inuk, two Inuit) live on the North Pole, they bear indeed much more impacts of climate change. With the permanent ice floes vanishing, now up to 50 % since 1979, the global warming is sped up since the ice is not reflecting the sunlight. The CO2 gasses on their part accelerate this system and make it a vicious circle. The Inuit, still being hunter-gatherers, are faced with the diminishing of the seasonal ice floes. It makes the sea more violent. It also makes it impossible for them to travel from one village to another or even to hunt. And the diminishing of snow also makes it hard to hunt trails, to travel and to build igloos. This know-how is thus getting lost. Their third problem is the infrastructure that collapses, now that the permafrost is becoming less consistent. Sylvie Teveny predicts that the Inuit won’t migrate, but rather adapt to this hardened situation. They see themselves as trailblazers, already facing the difficulties that await us.

expert

  • Sylvie Teveny

date

21/11/2015

location

Musée de l’Homme, Paris

an ethnologist trained in Inuit culture and language at the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations (l'Inalco) and has led several research missions in the Canadian Arctic. For more than fifteen years, she has been the director of the Association "Inuksuk", the Inuit cultural center of Paris.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
) — PRODUCTION : Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— ÉVÉNEMENT : Devenir terriens : dialogues et exercices pour rétrécir et étendre l’humain

an ethnologist trained in Inuit culture and language at the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations (l'Inalco) and has led several research missions in the Canadian Arctic. For more than fifteen years, she has been the director of the Association "Inuksuk", the Inuit cultural center of Paris.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
) — PRODUCTION : Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— ÉVÉNEMENT : Devenir terriens : dialogues et exercices pour rétrécir et étendre l’humain

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