The Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) says the United Nations climate report released this week confirms what Inuit have seen in their homeland, known as Inuit Nunaat, for more than three decades.
“The Inuit have gone beyond the ‘if’ climate change is real to act to protect Inuit Nunaat – our Inuit homeland – including arctic land, sea ice and the Inuit way of life,” said ICC President Dalee Sambo Dorough said in a press release on Tuesday. .
“The Inuit have called for immediate action to contain the temperature rise to 1.5 C, because even this increase will see the reduction in Arctic sea ice, snow cover and permafrost loss continue. “
Inuit food security under threat
The report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released on August 9, sounded the alarm by saying that the international community was on the verge of reaching the warming threshold of 1, 5 ° C.
He warned that if steps were not taken to limit greenhouse gas emissions immediately, and on a large scale, limiting warming to even 2 ° C could be out of reach with drastic implications for humanity. , especially for the North.
“Land warming is greater than the global average, and it is more than twice as high in the Arctic,” the IPCC said in a press release.
Sambo Dorough said the implications for Inuit will be significant.
“The policy summary and the technical summary note with great confidence that the rate shift is continuing with the sea ice becoming younger, thinner and more dynamic (very high confidence),” said Sambo Dorough.
“Such a change has serious consequences for our food security and many other aspects of our daily life. ”
Lisa Koperqualuk, Vice-President of ICC Canada (International), echoed the calls by scientists to policymakers to take urgent action and urged for greater integration of Inuit knowledge into national and international climate responses.
“The Inuit recognized early on that saving the Arctic would protect the planet – however, those calls go unheeded,” Koperqualuk said.
“As an observer to the IPCC, the ICC advocated for the co-production of knowledge to guide AR6, which would include indigenous knowledge as an important source of knowledge. ”
(AR6 is the IPCC’s sixth assessment report to be released in 2022. It consists of three working group reports and one synthesis report.)
The Inuit Circumpolar Council represents the approximately 180,000 Inuit of Alaska, northern Canada, Greenland and Chukotka, Russia.
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