Melting Arctic Opens Northwest Passage

For people who still have lingering doubts about the reality of global warming, this brief documentary reminds us that the Arctic Ocean (for the first time in recorded history) is now open to navigation during the summer. Prior to 2007, it was frozen solid year round.

During summer months, China, the US, Canada and European countries routinely save travel time and money by shipping freight over the top of the world.

According to filmmakers, Canadian treaties allegedly guarantee indigenous Inuit “input” into the new Arctic waterways – to protect the pristine environment their livelihood (hunting seals) depends on.

2 thoughts on “Melting Arctic Opens Northwest Passage

  1. What a shame! And the lady in the video was stating that the Inuit people should gain jobs due to the fact of this international shipping. What I would be advocating for is that this shipping cease. There are not many pristine areas left on this planet and this one should not be open to any form of shipping and especially nothing containing toxins, however, at this late date I think that would be impossible to find; a ship laden with non-toxins bound for who knows where.

    If the Inuit have existed for all this time without the need for international shipping to supply them with jobs, then I see no reason for them to advocate for this. Their health as well as their food supply will suffer. Just look at the rest of us.

    “Canadian treaties allegedly guarantee indigenous Inuit “input” into the new Arctic waterways – to protect the pristine environment their livelihood (hunting seals) depends on.”

    Yeah, those same types of treaties have worked out so well thus far for indigenous peoples, haven’t they? I certainly hope these people are not THAT naive.

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  2. I agree, Shelby. I had the same reaction. I think the Inuit are relatively powerless in this instance. It also sounds to me like there is a lack of unity among them. Colonizers are notorious for the ability to split the colonized – it sounds to me like a few Inuit leaders may have been captured with a promise of jobs and other financial advantages.

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