By Tristan Pearce and James D. Ford
Open water and unstable ice conditions impede Inuit from reaching hunting areas and make travel on the ice more treacherous. The Inuit witness changes in the sea ice on a daily basis and a conversation with an elder reveals to any visitor how dramatic the changes really are. It has become commonplace to look out over the ocean from the shores of Ulukhaktok during the coldest times of the year and see steam rising from the sea ice. The steam is a sign of open water, a sign that the ocean and air temperatures are too warm for sea ice to form and a sign that Inuit will have to adapt the way they hunt and travel to accommodate for these changes.
If you question whether climate change is real, travel to the Arctic and observe for yourself. Then you can report what is really happening to Arctic sea ice.
Tristan Pearce is a PhD Candidate and SSHRC Vanier Scholar in the Department of Geography at the University of Guelph. Tristan has been working with the community of Ulukhaktok for the past six years on climate change issues and is the author of several peer reviewed publications, book chapters and government reports. Dr. James D. Ford is an assistant professor in geography at McGill University. He is widely renowned for his work with Aboriginal communities on climate change vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning,