Traditional Lifestyles in The Arctic At Risk From Climate Change

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With a melting Arctic, traditional lifestyles of indigenous population in the region are at risk of suffering, or completely disappearing. While yet home to millions of people, the Arctic region is one of the most scarcely populated places upon Earth. In fact, despite of its rugged vegetation and being classified as the second largest desert in the world after Antarctica, the Arctic region is home to some of our world´s largest fresh water resources. (The USGS Water Science School). This may come as a surprise to many who thought that Sahara would be the largest desert in the world. (World Atlas – 10 Largest Deserts In The World).

Despite of its aridity, the indigenous people in the Arctic region have grown their cultures and traditions for thousands of years. Hunting, fishing, and herding of for instance reindeers has been part of the way of life of the indigenous populations, e.g. Inuits and Sàmis since they first arrived in the Arctic region. These traditions are now at a risk of diminishing, or even disappearing due to climate change, which alters the environment and weather (patterns) for both the human beings, fauna and flora in the Arctic region.

With caribous and reindeers being domesticated animals in the Arctic regions, the population of these is not currently directly at risk. However, many wild animals such as polar bears and seals could be at danger with the Arctic sea ice extent decreasing, and soon even completely disappearing during Arctic summer months near the North Pole. Darwinists may say “it is not the strongest of the species that survive, but those most adaptive to change”. This may still today be relevant, but Charles Darwin was an evolutionary scientist who lived in the 19th Century, and was lucky enough not to be obliged to witness what is happening in our world today, unless, of course, he is turning in his grave due to current world events.

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It is not the strongest of species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. ~ Charles Darwin

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