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Climate Justice in Sápmi: Frontline truths from Europe’s Far North August 08,2017   |  Source: 350.org via Cornelie Quist

The indigenous Saami live in the Arctic regions of Sweden, Norway, Finland and Russia, at the frontlines of climate change. This video tells four stories of Saami people speaking their truths about what climate justice means to them.

The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the global average. Since 1900 average temperatures have increased by 3.5℃. Last winter, temperature records led scientist to speak of ‘Arctic heatwaves’.

Warmer and increasingly unpredictable conditions threaten the livelihoods of Saami communities.

The changing climate poses a huge threat to reindeer that struggle to find enough food when thaw and freeze cover the ground under layers of ice. Recent years have seen mass starvation among reindeer.

These problems are exacerbated by the forestry industry and big infrastructure like wind parks or hydropower that cut off reindeer herding routes and pastures. Mining and mass renewable energy infrastructure expand heavily in Sápmi despite their severe impacts on Saami livelihoods.

Jonas Vannar shares his experience as a traditional Saami reindeer herder.


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