16 Aug '16, 11am

Alaskan native community will vote to stay or relocate due to climate change

Alaskan native community will vote to stay or relocate due to climate change

The 650 people living in Shishmaref are voting on August 16 to decide whether they will relocate or stay. Even if they decide to pick up and move, the estimated funds for such an undertaking are at about $200 million. Esau Sinnok, an 18-year-old climate change activist from the Alaskan village, plans on running for mayor to assist with raising grants for the move to the mainland, when the time comes. He told Grist , “What’s special about Shishmaref is that we’re all family.” A relocation would be just as much about finding a new space to settle as finding a way to preserve the community and traditions of a displaced people who consider each other family.

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