March 21, 2007

Alaskan Natives urge action

Congress to feel heat from north

CLIMATE CHANGE: Natives from Alaska will join a rally in Washington today.Blaming a hotter planet for endangering their lives and culture, more than 125 Alaska Native organizations have signed a resolution urging Congress to take stronger action to combat global warming.

Several village leaders plan to give the resolution, which asks for a mandatory cap on greenhouse gas emissions, to members of Congress on Wednesday.

"We want to make the point that our community needs drastic changes in order for us to survive far into the future," said Tony Weyiouanna of Shishmaref, a Northwest Alaska village threatened by coastal erosion.

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