Battle For Point Hope, The [world Service]

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01Episode 1 - The Documentary20120925

Meet the Arctic Inupiat people and learn of their fears and hopes of an oil-rich future.

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

After more than a decade of legal wrangling, the go ahead has been given to Shell to begin exploratory drilling off the coast of Point Hope, in the Arctic circle.

"They're going to scare everything away... that's our food."

Central to the Inupiat way of life is hunting and fishing.

Many of the people are still subsistence gatherers – the threat of an oil spill causes real anxiety.

Yet, they are a people adapting to the modern world, they use oil, they need money, Shell and fellow oil companies could provide the lifeline they need.

May Abdalla travels to the settlement of Point Hope, a remote Alaskan village in the Arctic Circle, to meet the Inupiat people and to learn of their fears and hopes of an oil-rich future.

(Image: Moose and Elk antlers Credit: May Abdalla)

01Episode 1 - The Documentary20120926

Meet the Arctic Inupiat people and learn of their fears and hopes of an oil-rich future.

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

After more than a decade of legal wrangling, the go ahead has been given to Shell to begin exploratory drilling off the coast of Point Hope, in the Arctic circle.

"They're going to scare everything away... that's our food."

Central to the Inupiat way of life is hunting and fishing.

Many of the people are still subsistence gatherers – the threat of an oil spill causes real anxiety.

Yet, they are a people adapting to the modern world, they use oil, they need money, Shell and fellow oil companies could provide the lifeline they need.

May Abdalla travels to the settlement of Point Hope, a remote Alaskan village in the Arctic Circle, to meet the Inupiat people and to learn of their fears and hopes of an oil-rich future.

(Image: Moose and Elk antlers Credit: May Abdalla)

01The Documentary2012092520120926 (WS)

Meet the Arctic Inupiat people and learn of their fears and hopes of an oil-rich future.

As drilling for Arctic oil begins, May Abdalla meets the Inupiat people of Point Hope to learn of their future hopes and fears.

As drilling for Arctic oil begins, May Abdalla meets the Inupiat people of Point Hope t...

After more than a decade of legal wrangling, the go ahead has been given to Shell to begin exploratory drilling off the coast of Point Hope, in the Arctic circle.

"They're going to scare everything away... that's our food."

Central to the Inupiat way of life is hunting and fishing.

Many of the people are still subsistence gatherers – the threat of an oil spill causes real anxiety.

Yet, they are a people adapting to the modern world, they use oil, they need money, Shell and fellow oil companies could provide the lifeline they need.

May Abdalla travels to the settlement of Point Hope, a remote Alaskan village in the Arctic Circle, to meet the Inupiat people and to learn of their fears and hopes of an oil-rich future.

(Image: Moose and Elk antlers Credit: Whistledown productions)

02Episode 2 - The Documentary20121002

How do the Inupiat people feel about exploratory drilling in the Arctic circle?

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

After more than a decade of legal wrangling, the go ahead has been given to Shell to begin exploratory drilling off the coast of Alaska, in the Arctic circle.

The goodwill of the tribal council would be helpful to Shell, who send their Alaskan Vice President Pete Slaiby to meet the town elders.

Among them is Caroline Cannon (real name Aqugag), Inupiat grandmother to 26 children, who succeeded in stalling the project for almost four years.

For a people who still rely on hunting for food, an oil spill would cause an ecological disaster that would threaten their very existence.

Recorded in the days before the drilling begins, May Abdalla travels to Point Hope, not far from where the drilling will begin, to meet the Inupiat people and to learn of their fears and hopes of an oil-rich future.

(Image: Three whales bones stacked together Credit: May Abdalla)

02Episode 2 - The Documentary20121003

How do the Inupiat people feel about exploratory drilling in the Arctic circle?

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

After more than a decade of legal wrangling, the go ahead has been given to Shell to begin exploratory drilling off the coast of Alaska, in the Arctic circle.

The goodwill of the tribal council would be helpful to Shell, who send their Alaskan Vice President Pete Slaiby to meet the town elders.

Among them is Caroline Cannon (real name Aqugag), Inupiat grandmother to 26 children, who succeeded in stalling the project for almost four years.

For a people who still rely on hunting for food, an oil spill would cause an ecological disaster that would threaten their very existence.

Recorded in the days before the drilling begins, May Abdalla travels to Point Hope, not far from where the drilling will begin, to meet the Inupiat people and to learn of their fears and hopes of an oil-rich future.

(Image: Three whales bones stacked together Credit: May Abdalla)

02The Documentary2012100220121006 (WS)

How do the Inupiat people feel about exploratory drilling in the Arctic circle?

After more than a decade of legal wrangling, the go ahead has been given to Shell to begin exploratory drilling off the coast of Alaska, in the Arctic circle.

The goodwill of the tribal council would be helpful to Shell, who send their Alaskan Vice President Pete Slaiby to meet the town elders.

Among them is Caroline Cannon (real name Aqugag), Inupiat grandmother to 26 children, who succeeded in stalling the project for almost four years.

For a people who still rely on hunting for food, an oil spill would cause an ecological disaster that would threaten their very existence.

Recorded in the days before the drilling begins, May Abdalla travels to Point Hope, not far from where the drilling will begin, to meet the Inupiat people and to learn of their fears and hopes of an oil-rich future.