climate change refugees

September 28, 2008

The Guardian ran a fascinating article on who they claim to be the world’s first climate change refugees (even though Sarah Palin doesn’t seem much convinced). Certainly the Yup’ik Eskimos of Alaska are losing their village to the sea, due to the disappearance of the foundation permafrost.

Their remoteness is only apparent, having had contact, over the years, with Russians, missionaries and bureaucrats. Their culture adapted in response but remains their own, as shown in this unique photo reportage by Brian Adams. Such as Lucy, seen above after hanging her clothes out to dry in the wind-swept landscape.

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