Shrinking sea ice. Coastal erosion. Warming permafrost. Greening tundra. Burning forests. Shifts of marine mammals and fish that will make it harder to gather food.
Such climate change may threaten daily life in rural Alaska more than any other place in America. As a result, more than 145 Native villages and other tribal groups have now signed a petition urging President Bush and Congress to take immediate action to help slow climate warming in the Arctic, said Anna Davidson, an organizer of the drive.
The petitions call for “a national, mandatory program to reduce climate change pollution and promote the development and adoption of renewable energy within a timeframe that prevents irreversible harm to public health, the economy and the environment.”