Human populations have existed for thousands of years in the polar regions. The descendants of those people are now experiencing the leading edge of global climate change.
Inuit intimately understand the Arctic landscape. Their knowledge helps them know when to travel, how to find food and where to build shelters as they navigate lives on a sea of ice and snow. When the signs they have traditionally relied upon for their daily activities become less dependable, they must adapt.
Dr. Shari Gearheard, a scientist who lives in the Inuit community of Clyde River, Nunavut, Canada has documented Inuit climate observations and linked them with current environmental science. Change is occurring and at a rapid pace. By listening to the stories of the Inuit, we begin to understand the interconnectedness of all people in dealing with the impacts of this dramatic global change.
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Funding for the research in this exhibition: The National Science Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Funding for the exhibition and associated programming is provided by the National Science Foundation and the University of Colorado Arts and Cultural Enrichment (ACE) Fee. This exhibition is endorsed as a "prominent and valued part" of the International Polar Year (IPY) program by the International Council for Science/World Meteorological Organization (ICSU/WMO) Joint Committee for the International Polar Year 2007-2008.