Last month I was on top of the world – literally – in an Eskimo village in the northwest corner of Alaska.
Throughout most of my adult life, I’ve traveled the world as a Christian preacher, doing missionary trips, working with churches and organizations in the poorest places in the world. This time I was on a very different mission: that of a documentary filmmaker studying the effects of climate change on humans, both here in the United States and around the world.
The first night we arrived in Kivalina, Alaska, a village threatened to be submerged by rising sea levels, we met a man named Enoch at a country gospel jam session.
Enoch explained to us that villagers used to be able to count on 12 feet of sea ice or more during seal-hunting season. Now they are lucky if they get 3 feet. They used to be able to hunt for an entire month. Now they get three to four days a year, maximum. Because the village is so remote, the people depend on subsistence hunting to survive. The warming seas are making their survival very difficult.