The Right To Be Cold: One Woman's Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic and the Whole Planet

The Right To Be Cold One Woman s Story of Protecting Her Culture the Arctic and the Whole Planet Now in paperback one of Canada s most passionate environmental and human rights activists addresses the global threat of climate change from the intimate perspective of her own Arctic childhoodThe Ar

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  • Title: The Right To Be Cold: One Woman's Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic and the Whole Planet
  • Author: Sheila Watt-Cloutier
  • ISBN: 9780143187646
  • Page: 106
  • Format: Paperback
  • Now in paperback, one of Canada s most passionate environmental and human rights activists addresses the global threat of climate change from the intimate perspective of her own Arctic childhoodThe Arctic ice is receding each year, but just as irreplaceable is the culture, the wisdom that has allowed the Inuit to thrive in the Far North for so long And it s not just the ANow in paperback, one of Canada s most passionate environmental and human rights activists addresses the global threat of climate change from the intimate perspective of her own Arctic childhoodThe Arctic ice is receding each year, but just as irreplaceable is the culture, the wisdom that has allowed the Inuit to thrive in the Far North for so long And it s not just the Arctic The whole world is changing in dangerous, unpredictable ways Sheila Watt Cloutier has devoted her life to protecting what is threatened and nurturing what has been wounded In this culmination of Watt Cloutier s regional, national, and international work over the last twenty five years, The Right to Be Cold explores the parallels between safeguarding the Arctic and the survival of Inuit culture, of which her own background is such an extraordinary example This is a human story of resilience, commitment, and survival told from the unique vantage point of an Inuk woman who, in spite of many obstacles, rose from humble beginnings in the Arctic to become one of the most influential and decorated environmental, cultural, and human rights advocates in the world.

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    1. In The Right to be Cold, Sheila Watt-Cloutier recalls her childhood in the Canadian Arctic and her fight against the threat of climate change as an adult. The author takes us through her travels to Nova Scotia and Ontario at a young age, as well as her time in a residential vocational school in Churchill, Manitoba. During her years away from home, she had lost a great deal of her culture - it would be years before she was again fluent in her mother tongue - and when she returned home, it would b [...]

    2. You know, it's a hard book to rate, this one. Watt-Cloutier's message is important and also unique. There are many books to read about Canada's aboriginal experience (past and present -- both generally horrifying, maybe hopeful?) but this one is unique in its Inuk narrative, which is different and really vital, I'm convinced. I very much appreciated the book for this perspective, and was really, truly, oddly, embarrassingly uninformed before reading it. She covers a really wide range of issues, [...]

    3. It took me quite awhile to read this book. No fault of the book. Sheila is clear in her writing. Her mandate is simple in its delivery. Her passion is endless. She is unapologetic. She is bold. I saw her speak during Wordfest in Calgary, this past fall. She isn't an entertainer and seemed set apart from the other writers on the panel. And now I know why. Sheilas book isn't just a biography but a warning. A collection of warnings spanning numerous years from all over the arctic, using her home fr [...]

    4. 3.5 only because the later part has SO MUCH detail it is overwhelming to the general readerThe Right To Be Cold is Sheila Watt-Clouier's biography, concentrating on her life's work to protect the Inuit culture and the Arctic. She is inspiring and courageous.She shares her story of growing up in Nunavik, learning her people's traditional way of life, hunting and preparing 'country food'. Young people were taught how to survive in the harsh climate. Igloos were stronger than tents and offered prot [...]

    5. In a sense, Inuit of my generation have lived in both the ice age and the space age. The modern world arrived slowly in some places in the world, and quickly in others. But in the Arctic, it appeared in a single generation. Like everyone I grew up with, I have seen ancient traditions give way to southern habits. I have seen communities broken apart or transformed dramatically by government policies. I have seen Inuit traditional wisdom supplanted by southern programs and institutions. And most s [...]

    6. While there is some very important information in this book that Canadians (and the rest of the world) need to be made aware of, the delivery fails. The book is tedious to read filled with names of people and committee meetings that could and should have been edited out. Watt-Cloutier is extremely repetitive, and should have hired a ghost writer. This is not a well written book, thus it was a slog to get through.

    7. Too bad. This is an important book about an important topic, but I just found it too tedious. I wish she had spent more time on life in the Arctic then and now with so much climate change and less on the political/interpersonal problems. I read only about a third of it.

    8. This book is not a super-highway to anywhere. But a book need not be—especially a memoir. Cards on the table? I usually avoid memoirs, but this paragraph from the cover jacket drew me in.The Right to Be Cold explores the parallels between safeguarding the Arctic and the survival of Inuit culture—and ultimately the world—in the face of past, present, and future environmental degradation. Sheila Watt-Cloutier passionately argues that climate change is a human rights issue and one to which al [...]

    9. This book begins as a straight-up memoir of Inuit life at the moment of great transition from a traditional hunting culture to what we think of as modernity. Parts of it are shocking, tragic, and reveal shameful actions on the part of Canada's government. This narrative beginning gives context to the drive for change the author clearly demonstrates as the text then shifts to more overt political activism. Watt-Cloutier couches the climate-change argument in human terms, seeing it as a human righ [...]

    10. The one issue I had with this book (from my year of being involved in ARA) is that she continually misconstrues the arguments re: animal rights. Otoh, ARAs are in general, incredibly ignorant and racist and fail to give any consideration at all to how their actions affect indigenous peoples (as seen in the seal hunt debacle) so it's not something I care about very much. It just niggles given that I spent the last year reading ARA discourse.

    11. A very interesting biography of one of the leading Inuk women of our time. This book brought to life the reality of the true people of the north through Watt-Cloutier's frank telling of life in the north for the Inuit and how the last decades have changed so much for them and the land. Valuable lessons for all of us.

    12. For a book that is classified as a 'memoir' it is bogged down with useless data. Aside from the important content regarding indigenous affairs, and climate change, the author comes across as someone confused about their purpose for writing this book. In this sense, either the author was too lazy to write the book in an academic non-fiction format, or she simply wanted to inject her (biased and subjective) experiences into the read (as you would expect with a memoir). In much of the author's earl [...]

    13. The Right to Be Cold is a memoir about Sheila Watt-Cloutier's life in the Arctic and her life work fighting climate change. The content of this book is incredibly important. In reading it, I learned so much about Inuit culture; about the connections between the Arctic environment and ecosystems elsewhere; and the connections between culture and the environment. Sheila Watt-Cloutier does a remarkable job explaining how protecting the Arctic and Inuit culture can help protect the whole world, and [...]

    14. After reading this book I feel that I better understand the Inuit populations in Canada, especially their connection to the environment the importance of the hunting culture. The author shows that the reality of climate change, the impact of Persistent Organic Pollutants, and the impact of southern politics and institutions has degraded that culture resulting in social problems that must be solved from within in order to be effective. The political story, which ended with a connection made betwe [...]

    15. A must read. An important read. Cloutier's memoir and fight for global awareness of climate change highlights the interconnectedness of earth's living (and non-living) organisms. It was very interesting and inspiring. There were specific explanations about pollutants and philosophical phrases I held on to.I especially respect Cloutier for describing the political struggles she faced during her journey to bring awareness to the world about the effects on the Arctic- and the rest of the world- bec [...]

    16. The first half of this book is an affecting biography of Inuit life and how drastically that life has been impacted by modernity. The second half of the book describes meetings, lots and lots of environmental, cultural and policy meetings. There's a lot of great substance here to make one think and consider their place in a world where we are all connected, though we may not know or admit it.

    17. This is a must read - I think this should have won Canada Reads this year (even though Fifteen Dogs is amazing too)

    18. Loved it. I learned a lot from this book and marveled at the precise concision of the language. As a biography, this might leave readers wondering after more personal details, but I enjoyed the political elements of Watt-Cloutier's historic interventions into POPs and human rights at the international level.

    19. DNF at 10%I could plod through this book, but I won't. I only read memoirs when I know the person and I'm interested in their life, but the beginning of this book is so slow and I'm just not interested in Sheila Watt Cloutier's childhood experiences.I applaud her for her environmental activism and I understand this is an important topic to learn about, but it's not one of my interests and I know this book is going to be painful for me to finish, so I just won't bother.

    20. 3.5 stars, the book definitely gave me a more human perspective on climate change and its effects. I had always thought of images of polar bear and animals when thinking about this. One of the draw backs of the book was a lot of name dropping and the memoir did get a little bogged down in places with all the various commuters and meeting she was involved with . Other than that definitely a worthwhile read and I learned a lot about life in Northern Canada

    21. Watt-Cloutier is an incredible woman who brings to light often undiscussed topics related to the Arctic people of Canada, and I am thankful that this book has given me the motivation to read more about the environmental and social struggles mentioned within. however, the book itself is rather dry as it progresses, devolving into long lists of organizations, acronyms and who attending meeting X, Y, Z.

    22. I needed to concentrate very hard to keep following this autobiographical account of the author. While it's not a light read it offered some insights of the Inuit culture.

    23. The Arctic is the world's air conditioner. But the Arctic is seeing warming rates at double the rest of the globe. It is much more than the environment at risk; the culture of an entire people group, the Inuk of the Arctic regions of Canada, Greenland, Russia, and the United States is on the verge of disappearing along with the ice and snow they have lived in unison with for centuries. And the melting causes rising sea levels, which is affecting the survival of indigenous peoples even as far awa [...]

    24. This year, I am reading CBC’s “12 Books by Indigenous Women You Should Read”. The Right to be Cold is one of them.As the subtitle claims, The Right to be Cold is “One woman’s story of protecting her culture, the arctic and the whole planet”. Watt-Cloutier has certainly been a very active activist! She writes about the work she has done in health care, in education, in shaping policy and on the international stage. In fact, she’s been involved in so much work protecting the north, t [...]

    25. This book was mixed for me but mostly brilliant and always terribly important. She repeated a lot of messages which was good since they were hard-wired into my brain. It was slow going in beginning, but has powerful strong message throughout.Many issues were addressed: *family (her son flying overhead and told her to wave at him)*when snow can't be used to build igloos "When you can't find good snow in the Arctic for shelter, something is definitely wrong." *The world must figure out climate cha [...]

    26. The Arctic is the world’s air conditioner and if we cannot protect the Arctic than we are all doomed to face the effects of climate change.Review at The Pluviophile Reader: bit/2nXPwFY3/5 stars.ebook, 263 pages.Read from March 14, 2017 to March 22, 2017.This is the last book I tackled in the Canada Reads 2017 shortlist. I happy to have all five of the book read and reviewed before the debates take place starting on March 27th. This is the one non-fiction submission in the shortlist and while i [...]

    27. “The Right To Be Cold: One Woman's Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic and the Whole Planet” which I won through Giveaways is the captivating memoir of Sheila-Watt Cloutier, a woman from humble beginnings whose passion and commitment to improve the lives of the Inuit people and to find a way to protect their culture and environment while blending modern concepts and technologies with their inherited traditions has won her global recognition, honorary degrees and international awards [...]

    28. The Right to be Cold, by Sheila Watt-Cloutier Growing up in the Canadian Arctic Life in a residential vocational school in Manitobanot nearly as bad as the schools run by Christian MissionariesLoosing her connection with her culture Struggles as she works as a member of a task force with the goal of improving the education system for Inuit School Board) Struggles as she works as part of the Circumpolar Council she starts her fight to have climate change recognized as a human rights issue rather [...]

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