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Indigenous people and climate change: With the Inuit, when the ice melts (2/4) – France 24


FRANCE 24 brings you the stories of the people who are on the front lines of climate change. From Kenya to Panama via Greenland and Australia, our reporters James André and Achraf Abid went to meet the Indigenous people who live in harmony with nature and whose daily lives are being turned upside down by global warming. Don’t miss our series of four special reports. In this second episode, we take you to Greenland.

It’s May 2023 and the remote village of Ittoqqortoormiit, on the east coast of Greenland, is 25 kilometres short of sea ice. Indigenous people who hunt seals and polar bears have abandoned their traditional sled dogs for motorboats.

As the climate warms up, the lives of the Inuit people are changing: they no longer camp out on the ice in freezing temperatures to stock up on meat, and can hunt by boat instead. Meanwhile, the world’s largest fjord is now navigable by cruise ship, making it amenable to a new activity: tourism.

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