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Sámi Reindeer Herders Grapple With a Changing Arctic – Mother Jones

Sámi Reindeer Herders Grapple With a Changing Arctic – Mother Jones

Sámi Reindeer Herders Grapple With a Changing Arctic – Mother Jones

A Sámi herder. Guardian Video

This story was first published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

As the arctic warms four times faster than the global average, Europe’s only indigenous population is under threat. For centuries, the Sámi people have herded reindeer throughout northern Europe. Warmer winters are turning the snow that the reindeer dig through for food into ice, which is preventing them from their only source of sustenance. 10,000 reindeer perished in the last two years. If the winter is severe, herders could lose up to half their herd.

A GuardianVideo team consisting  and  brings us this glimpse of Sámi life, complementing a Recent article on the Sámi by senior news reporter Karen McVeigh. Warning: The following contains disturbing footage that some viewers might find distressing. 

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