Eyes on the Arctic
© Michelle Valberg, 2011
Imagine living in a place where there is no sunlight for up to six months a year and where wind chill temperatures can drop as low as -50 degrees Celsius. Remarkably, Indigenous peoples in the Arctic know how to handle such extreme conditions. In these icy expanses, sparsely populated communities share the land with fascinating animal species such as polar bears, narwhals, reindeer, walruses and lynx.
The northernmost region of the planet is also extremely sensitive to climate change. For scientists, it is the first indicator of future climate change, since phenomena observed in the Arctic will occur later in temperate regions.
The United States and Canada have been working together for 150 years to protect and develop the Arctic. This temporary exhibit, presented in collaboration with the U.S. Mission to Canada and the U.S. Consulate General Montreal, will introduce you to Arctic residents’ extraordinary way of life and the common environmental challenges we face.
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