Part II: The State of Our Ocean With Sheila (Siila) Watt-Cloutier

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Part II: The State of Our Ocean With Sheila (Siila) Watt-Cloutier

Stat: 3 times: The Arctic is warming three times faster than the planet as a whole.

Story: The ocean is important for the health of the planet, and coastal communities around the world rely on it for their way of life. In Part II of “The State of Our Ocean,” we speak with Sheila (Siila) Watt-Cloutier, an environmental, cultural, and human rights advocate, about the value of the ocean to the Inuit in the Arctic and how challenges such as climate change and rising tides affect her community and its traditional ways of life. “What happens in the Arctic doesn’t stay in the Arctic,” says Watt-Cloutier. Many of the threats emerging in her people’s culture from climate change are reflected across the world in other coastal towns.

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