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  • 03-02-2009 1:49 AM

    GLOBAL WARMING

    Robin Luxmoore spent many years in the Arctic and in the gold boomtown of Yellowknife in the 1950s. in one of the most thinly populated and harshest climates in the world, he spent time with the Eskimos, now called Inuit, and became an expert in the handling of dog teams. Because of the harshness of the environment, the Inuit shared everything, even their wives. That lifestyle he called, “communism without tyrants.”

     

    The Arctic is undergoing immense changes through global warming and the Inuit will never return to the lifestyle of the 1950s. dog teams are not longer the chief means of transportation and igloos are seldom built. The Inuit are finding it harder to live of the land and sea and the polar bear might soon become extinct.

     

    Luxmoore suggests we imagine a world, like another planet, without familiar features or sound or smell; an endless landscape of grey snow constantly moving over the surface. A world where the sky is the deepest blue and the stars seem to come close to Earth. And that would be the Arctic.

     

    His presentation includes the gold-rush town of Yellowknife, then a town of 3,000 people and now the capital of the Northwest Territories. His experiences in that remote area are exceptional. No roads led to the town and supplies were brought in by Caterpillar tractors pulling giant sleds across 200 miles of lake ice in winter. The first two cars brought in collided head-on the next day! Accommodation was so limited, police cells were left open to anyone in need. In spite of the merciless weather and the relentlessly tough life leading to high consumption of alcohol, the cells were seldom filled with lawbreakers.

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