Native Village of Gakona, AK Urging Congress and the President to Address Climate Change

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Native Village of Gakona, AK, US

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Type: Resolution

Status: Adopted on 6/13/06

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WHEREAS, The Native Village of Gakona, is a federally recognized Tribe with all powers and responsibilities inherent in a sovereign government; and

WHEREAS, scientific consensus has developed that carbon. dioxide (C02) and other greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere have a profound effect on the earth's climate; and

WHEREAS, in 2001, at the request of the Administration, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) reviewed and declared global warming a real problem caused in part by human activities; and

WHEREAS, the 2001 Third Assessment Report from the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCE) and the 2000 U.S, Global Change Research Program's (USGCRP) First National Assessment indicate that global warming has begun; and

WHEREAS, 162 countries, including the U.S., have pledged under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions; and

WHEREAS, Alaska natives have developed unique cultures based on the prevailing regional climate and change is likely to have significant impacts on the availability of subsistence food sources such as salmon, herring, whales, caribou, moose, seabirds and waterfowl, and present serious challenges to subsistence ways of life in Alaska and other regions; and

WHEREAS, climate-related changes to the weather, food sources, and local landscapes undermine the social identity and cultural survival of Alaska Natives; and

WHEREAS, changes in climate will create new challenges for community health systems, rural infrastructure and economies; and

WHEREAS, unpredictable weather, snow, and ice conditions make travel and traditional hunting and fishing practices more hazardous and endangers lives; and

WHEREAS, actions taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy efficiency provide multiple local benefits by decreasing air pollution, creating jobs, reducing energy use, an saving money; and

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Native Village of Gakona urges the United States Congress and the President of the United States to move forward on a national, mandatory program to reduce climate change pollution and promote the development and adoption of renewable energy within a time frame that prevents irreversible harm to public health, the economy and the environment.