Climate Change and the Tourist Economy of Churchill: Perspectives of Local Residents

Manitoba Research Alliance on CED in the New Economy,

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Mike Chotka

Year: 2005

This research examines how the citizens of Churchill Manitoba perceive climate change. Global warming is a threat not only to the local habitat and wildlife, but threatens the economy and livelihood of the town as well. This research acknowledges the importance of local knowledge and solutions when addressing social, political, economic, and environmental concerns. As hypothesized, through interviews with local citizens, business, owners, and town/government officials, the report concludes that climate change is an issue of concern for local residents because of the potential impacts it could have on local wildlife, habitats, and in turn, the town’s economic stability as tourism – based entirely on exploiting the natural attractions of the area – is the single largest and most vital source of income for the community.

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