Make Wealth History: The Right to Be Cold

By Jeremy Williams
Make Wealth History

The Right to Be Cold (Sheila Watt-Cloutier)The Arctic is the front line of climate change. Because of global weather patterns, heat accumulates at the poles and the climate is changing twice as fast in the Arctic. The consequences are stark, and The Right to be Cold details them in this striking personal account of environmentalism in the North.

Sheila Watt-Cloutier is an Inuit activist, environmentalist and grandmother. Her childhood played out in the ‘old Arctic’ of hunting culture, dog sleds and igloos. Then she was relocated by the government for schooling, and lived back and forth between south and north Canada over the following years as she became a mother and pursued a career in education. Over the years she saw many changes, as trade increased, local customs eroded, snowmobiles replaced dogs, poverty increased and with it alcoholism, violence and social problems.

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