Resources from the edge

This section shows how traditionally resources from land and sea have been used by the Arctic peoples for hundreds of years. Although there are resources being brought into the Arctic the indigenous people are still using the rich variety of resources available on land and in the sea. There are also resources for use elsewhere in the world and climate change is affecting the commercial exploitation of these resources.

Aaju (link to movie)Listen to Aaju

Melting ice is making the resources of the Arctic more accessible.

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Arctic homesCompare a home in the Arctic from 1822 to a home from today. How much does their home make use of local resources and how much is imported from elsewhere?

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Using the landThere is little opportunity for growing crops in the Arctic so people live on the animals they can domesticate or those they hunt. They use these resources to their utmost.
In the watersIndigenous people fish through holes in the winter, and tourists visit to watch them.
Nature's richesThe United States Geological Survey (USGS) has said that about 30% of the world's undiscovered gas and 13% of the world's undiscovered oil may be found north of the Arctic Circle.
Conflicts and geopolitical issuesWhich countries have interests in the Arctic?
Why could global warming be good for Greenland?Who might benefit from future changes?

Polar pitstopPolar pitstop

Resources from elsewhereHow do you think the import of resources from outside the Arctic region has affected the lives of the indigenous people?

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