Last week, Sally Jewell became the first Secretary of State of the Interior to visit the town in its history.“Your story will help the world understand what’s happening right here,” she said at a town meeting at Kivalina’s only school.
There are still some holdouts, but they’re fighting a losing battle.The science is overwhelming.”The report in the said the plight of Kivalina had reached the ears of the US government.Community station representatives will also be holding organizing meetings to move forward towards a functioning network.Bookmark this site, for updates on network projects and other news related to community radio in the Northwest! 06 NW Community Radio Summit in this Summit report.President Obama (pictured in new Orleans on Thursday) leaves Monday for a three-day visit to the 49th state in which he will speak at a State Department climate change conference and become the first president to visit the Alaska Arctic The trip is part of a broad campaign to seal an international deal later this year to curb carbon emissions, something the White House hopes will cap Obama's legacy on climate during his time in office.
It also highlights inherent contradictions in his climate and energy policies.
Once protected from early winter storms by a natural barrier of sea ice, Kivalina has been ravaged in recent decades by erosion because climate warming prevents ice from forming until later in the winter.
Currently, 80 per cent of residents do not have toilets and rely on homemade ones, they have to carry water from tanks in town, costing 25 cents for five gallons, and the school of 154 students is overcrowded.
Residents of the remote Alaskan village of a Kivalina say they may be forced to relocate from their homes because of the effects of climate change.
The thinning of sea ice has meant it is not possible for the Iñupiat people of the region to hunt the bowhead whales, while the US government has warned that with less and less sea ice every year to protect the island, it could be washed away by powerful waves.
Some have predicted Kivalina could be under water just 10 years from now.“Global warming has caused us so much problems,” Joseph Swan, a Kivalina elder, told the The issue has taken on the shape of an existential proportions, not just for the 400 or so residents Kivalina but for other similar communities in Alaska.