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kindle ´ Fierce Climate Sacred Ground ´ Paperback read È With three roads and a population of just over 500 people Shishmaref Alaska seems like an unlikely center of the climate change debate But the island home to Iñupia Eskimos who still live off subsistence harvesting is falling into the sea and climate change D uncertainty challenge culture and identity Marino also draws on Shishmaref’s experiences to show how disasters and the outcomes of climate change often fall heaviest on those already burdened with other social risks and often to communities who have contributed least to the problem Stirring and sobering Fierce Climate Sacred Ground proves that the conseuences of unchecked climate change are anything but theoretic Exceptional book about the social aspects of climate change and the effects it has on people and their way of life Dr Marino IS the expert in this field The book is well written and is not mired in technical minutia

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Esuire have covered this disappearing village yet few have taken the time to truly show the community and the two millennia of traditions at risk In Fierce Climate Sacred Ground Elizabeth Marino brings Shishmaref into sharp focus as a place where people in a close knit determined community are confronting the realities of our changing planet every day She shows how physical dangers challenge lives while the stress an Marino isn’t from rural Alaska nor does she live there But she’s spent enough of the right kind of time in the community of Shishmaref to care deeply and respectfully and bring the best of her academic skills to advocate for climate justice for the people of Shishmaref With this ethnography she bridges some of the cultural gaps between the realities of rural Alaska on the edge of climate change and the churning mill of urban bureaucratic decision makers in Anchorage Juneau and WashingtonMarino begins and ends with a discussion of responsibility and deftly brings the reader layer by layer to an understanding of the complexities surrounding the issues of ‘climate refugees’ in AK and the world In discussing the significance of migration associated with climate change she points out some pink elephants First she suggests that the thought of one in nine people on the planet becoming an environmental migrant is terrifying to wealthy nations p 7 Second she clarifies that Shishmaref’s location virtually ensures the community’s current infrastructure will all eventually be washed into the sea and that this is most likely due to a combination of natural causes human development and climate change Chapter 3 Third she reminds us that flooding is not a disaster if a people have a socioecological relationship with the environment that is adaptive to that environment p 50 51 And fourth she juxtaposes all of the above points with some history that might be a little uncomfortable for Westerners to acknowledge Over the past 100 years this community who traditionally moved to where the food was has become rooted in a single place through a colonial combination of both incentives and coercion and thus ‘moving’ and adapting to changing conditions is no longer as simple as packing up one’s tent and floating up the river in a skin boat “Shishmaref is everywhere” a student of Marino’s realizes Whether you view the ‘settling’ of indigenous communities into fixed locations as a product of coercion or incentivization or the combination settlement has been and continues to be a strategy of the US and other nation states worldwide p 59 Selection of location depended primarily on the convenience and immediate economic interests of the governing agency not necessarily the preferences and wisdom of locals as to where they could best sustain themselves Forced ‘Relocation’ is a Strategy of Genocide I’ve heard people suggest recently I might add that living in or near a rural Alaska community is a choice just as living in New York City is a choice Not so Marino presents the voices of the people she is advocating for in explaining the interdependence between people the land and the animals that is the basis for life in the Shishmaref region and much of rural Alaska Their knowledge is specific to this place these plants and animals and the region as a whole For this community to move to a nearby town or to a place with inadeuate access to the ocean would threaten ties to each other and the land Thus their input as to location is a critically important piece of the euation that tends to get overlooked by outsiders She notes “A real uestion is not whether climate change and flooding risks will be a catalyst forcing Alaska Native peoples to urbanize or to relocate out of traditional land but whether climate change and flooding risks will be the next catalyst for forcing Alaska Native people to urbanize and relocate out of traditional land” p 96 The book itself is a solidly good read thoughtful and sympathetic to the people of Shismaref The layout feels like a thesis and its academic feel may somewhat limit its audience However I hope this book is read by any outsider working with this community or similar communities on issues related to climate change By developing a better understanding of the complex history they will be effective in contributing to solutions instead of reinventing the wheel

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Fierce Climate Sacred GroundWith three roads and a population of just over 500 people Shishmaref Alaska seems like an unlikely center of the climate change debate But the island home to Iñupia Eskimos who still live off subsistence harvesting is falling into the sea and climate change is at least in part to blame While countries sputter and stall over taking environmental action Shishmaref is out of timePublications from the New York Times to COCC GF71M37 2015