Climate change is happening in Alaska

Letter to the editor

Posted: Thursday, January 18, 2007

I am very concerned about what is happening to our blue Earth. Without clean air and water, our chances of survival would be nil. I have seen coral reefs that are already bleached of the colorful algae that sea creatures depend on for survival. There will be no more fish to eat without the precious coral reefs that sea creatures depend on.

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What worries me is the fresh water that is being added to our oceans due to the melting of the polar ice caps. Because salmon, crab and shrimp are saltwater critters, they depend on a saltwater environment.

We've already seen an example of the rising oceans in the lower atolls, where local villagers have had to abandon their homes for good. They can never return to the places they have known and loved.

Global warming has come to Alaska. Already we are seeing changes above ground and below the ocean waters. In some places, villages are losing ground because of changing landscapes, and our glaciers are melting at a steady pace. Pretty soon we won't have any glaciers left.

We cannot ignore the warning. This is a wake up call. We need to be proactive toward our environment. Otherwise, we lose out in the end.

Leimomi Matunding

Juneau



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