The Right to Be Cold

Sheila Watt-Cloutier

The Right to Be Cold

The former head of the international Inuit Circumpolar Council and nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize, author and activist Sheila Watt-Cloutier chronicles the impact climate change has had on northern communities and makes the case that this environmental crisis is indeed a human rights issue. Weaving together environmental, cultural and economic issues, Watt-Cloutier makes a passionate and personal plea for change.

Chantal Kreviazuk defended The Right to Be Cold on Canada Reads 2017.

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The environment and climate I grew up in was indeed rich in lessons, and not just those that build character or help us on a hunt. Our intense affinity with the land and with wildlife taught us how to live in harmony with the natural world. Our traditional hunting and fishing practices do not destroy habitat. Nor do our practices deplete animal populations, or create waste. We use every part of the animals that we harvest. In other words, for thousands of years, Inuit have lived sustainably in our environment.

From The Right to Be Cold by Sheila Watt-Cloutier @2015. Published by Penguin Canada.

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Book trailer created by: Ann Jansen (Writer and Director), Alex Redekop (Sound Designer), Exan Auyoung (Video Producer), Robert Megna (Editor). Visuals courtesy of CBC Archives, Pond 5 and Getty Images.


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