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Sheila Watt-Cloutier visits Tromsoe

by Sylvi Liljegren last modified 2006-12-13 10:50

Sheila Watt-Cloutier has accepted an invitation to come to Tromsoe for the opening seremonies of World Environment Day 2007. She was the leader of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference from 2002 to 2006.

In 2005 The Sophie Prize was awarded to Ms Watt-Cloutier for her tireless effort to draw the world´s attention to the devastating human effects of climate change and emissions of toxic chemicals. As Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference she has given a human face and a human right´s perspective to the destruction of the environment. The entoxified environment and rapidly melting ice in polar areas not only impact eco-systems, but also individuals and the Inuit culture itself.

Sheila Watt-Cloutier- The Arctic is the world’s barometer of climate change. We are the early warning system for the world, she says. - What is happening to us now will happen to others further south in years to come.

 As the recently concluded Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA) says, the Arctic and its peoples are at great risk as a result of global climate change.  

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