Climate breakdown in Alaska

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27.09.2020-The Ecologist

Climate breakdown in Alaska
Forest Service Alaska Region (Image by Flickr)

Cora Dow

‘I’m eighteen and can already see my Alaska community changed forever by climate change. I’ve seen glaciers shrink, summer droughts and deadly landslides – and our elected officials are doing nothing.’

I caught a herring with my hands from the beach beside my grandma’s house in my hometown of Sitka,Alaska, when I was seven. Herring marks the beginning of spring.

Every April, the soft “herring rain” seemed to bring the fish into the sound, and I’d watch as the water turned milky and the shallows sparkled with swarming silver schools.

Sitkans gathered on the side of the road to watch the show of sea lions, whales, eagles and fishing boats competing in the million-dollar commercial sac roe fishery. All around the islands, people set out hemlock branches to collect masses of tiny, tasty eggs as…

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