Climate Change is Everyone’s Business

An Inuit representative speaking on the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) radio called for Greenpeace to mind its own business and let them solve Inuit problems using traditional solutions. Greenpeace is minding its own business. Environmental problems like climate change are not like littering. What you do affects everyone on the planet.

We foolishly treat the Inuit as if they had some magic ancient wisdom as a panacea for modern ills. The Inuit have a foot in the past and a foot in the modern world. They hunt seals with ski-doos and rifles instead of dog sleds and bone spears. They eat groceries shipped in at astronomical cost from southern Canada.

The net effect of all this has been an explosion in the Inuit populations. Traditional ways can only support traditional population densities. They are driving animal species to extinction with their folly. You can’t just kill all you can catch any more. You need regulation and limits. It is not the white man being mean. It is the Inuit having more babies and living longer and adopting modern technology and in the process creating a much bigger ecological footprint.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)