Two British explorers traveling the Arctic Coast of Canada in Feathercraft folding kayaks and sled dog teams have reached the end of their journey in Kugluktuk, in the far reaches of Nunavut. But not before finding insight into the resilience of Inuit and Athabascan people in the face of climate change.
Northern people have always adapted, says Glenn Morris, in his final blog entry posted on Aug. 16.
Maybe it’s the people of the South who will struggle when the temperature rises above 100, the hurricanes blow and the droughts dry the fields.
“One point that was made to us and it’s the only time this point has been made to us — but it was very profound — and that is as a culture the aboriginal people — the Inuit, the Inuvialuit, the Gwich’in and everyone else are very, very adaptable people,” Morris wrote.
And it was put to us that a lot of these people here, the native people here, will adapt. They will take on the challenges of changing environment and climate change but in actual fact city dwellers and people who live down south will not be able to do that because they don’t intrinsically have the necessary skills of living in the environment and being able to adapt to it in simple terms.