Permalink: https://media.greenpeace.org/archive/Resident-of-Kaktovik-in-Alaska-27MZIFVA8L1G.htmlConceptually similarResident of Kaktovik in AlaskaGP04BPJCompleted★★★★Resident of Kaktovik in AlaskaGP04BPLCompleted★★★★Resident of Kaktovik in AlaskaGP04BPRCompleted★★★★★★Resident of Kaktovik in AlaskaGP04BQ3Completed★★★★Kaktovik City in AlaskaGP04BPXCompleted★★★★A Duck Takes to Flight in AlaskaGP04BPHCompleted★★★★Coastal Plain in the AlaskaGP04B2YCompleted★★★★Coastal Plain in the AlaskaGP04B3RCompleted★★★★Coastal Plain in the AlaskaGP04B3ZCompleted★★★★View AllGP04BPOResident of Kaktovik in AlaskaKaktovik resident and polar bear guide, Robert Thompson, is concerned for the future. "If things don’t change the polar bears might be extinct in 50 years. They can't catch food on land and are here because of the shrinking sea ice." Thompson also fears that Shell do not have the capability to clean up a spill in Arctic waters. "They don’t have the equipment, they don’t have the people, they don’t even have a coast guard and they certainly do not have the infrastructure. It is an impossible situation,” he says, worried by the fact that no one has ever been able to clean up spilled oil in sea ice conditions. "Less than 10% was recovered in the gulf of Mexico and the conditions here are totally different." adds Thompson.Locations:Alaska-Arctic-Arctic Coastal Plain-Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR)-Kaktovik-United States of AmericaDate:2 Oct, 2011Credit:© Rose Sjölander / 70°Maximum size:5616px X 3744pxRestrictions:Ok for Greenpeace use and for approved external Greenpeace campaign related use. Contact the photographer directly or Greenpeace UK (firstname.lastname@example.org) for any other external licensing or sales.Keywords:Coastlines-Cold-Inupiat-KWCI (GPI)-Local population-Men-Oil (Industry)-Oil exploration-One person-Protective clothing-Save the Arctic (campaign title)Shoot:70° North - Arctic Documentation70° North is a multimedia project documenting the impact of climate change and resources exploration in the Arctic.Shell's plans to drill offshore in the Alaskan Arctic in 2012 has divided the native communities who now stand at a crossroads between continued benefits from industry generated revenues and protecting the marine environment they have depended on for thousands of years. Shell's proposed offshore drill site is in the path of the bowhead whale's migration route. Many Inupiat hunters are concerned about Shell's lack of spill response capabilities if licenses are granted to drill offshore in the Arctic's Beaufort and Chukchi seasGreenpeace is campaigning for a global sanctuary to be declared around the uninhabited area of the North Pole to save the Arctic from attempts by oil companies to exploit the region’s resources for short term profit.