21 Nov '11, 11am

From the Arctic to Durban...: This is a guest post written by Samuel Lee-Gammage with photos by Marina Flevoto...

From the Arctic to Durban...: This is a guest post written by Samuel Lee-Gammage with photos by Marina Flevoto...

In common consciousness the Arctic is a place of myths, legends and folk law, where night and day become blurred, and where rippling luminescence flitters across the night sky. It exists but is far away: seen always through a literary or artistic lens, glazed with a smattering of facts gleaned from the media and nature TV programs. Looked at on an average everyday map, it’s a thin strip of water on the top of our earth, but looked at from above it’s an ocean larger than the USA and as deep as the European Alps - fringed by a population containing some 40 distinct indigenous cultures . More than anything else, we as a group have come away from the Arctic with a new perspective on our world and the problems it faces, the ‘Arctic Perspective’. It would be easy to think of the Arctic as isolated, as ‘away’, peripheral to our lives in the more clement regions of the world, but ...

Full article: http://www.350.org/en/about/blogs/arctic-durban

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