Inuit determined to make the best of disappearing glaciers
GREENLAND — Glaciers located at the Earth’s poles continue to melt at a remarkable rate, alarming both scientists and layman alike. Last year, the Petermann glacier calved off a sizable chunk of ice — approximately twice the size of Manhattan.
And the Inuit couldn’t be happier.
Apparently, the Greenlandic natives have been benefiting from global warming trends for quite some time. Much of the ice that has been breaking off of these glaciers is going directly into their handmade water pouches.
“Oh yeah, it’s the yak’s pajamas,” said local fisherman Imnek. “When life gives us lemons, we make glacially iced lemonade.”
Scientists at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, though unanimous about the Earth’s rising temperatures, are not unanimous about its main causes. Some contend that humans are entirely to blame, and other scientists are suggesting that the Earth is merely coming out of an ice age, and that greenhouse gases play only a minor role.
But, whether this current warming trend is the result of carbon emissions or not, the Inuit people remain unfazed.
“That’s right,” offered one level-headed yak herder. “We just go with the floe. If the Earth warms and waters rise, then we live in boats. If it cools and everything freezes again, then the world is our igloo.”
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