No, it’s not a joke. Native Alaskans do in fact blame the moon landing for global warming, at least according to one climate researcher.
Ten years ago, I was living in a tiny village on Alaska’s Yukon River. In May of 2003, I was invited to a workshop in a nearby village named Huslia that sits just below the Arctic Circle on the winding Koyukuk River. In attendance were climate scientists from the University of Alaska, as well as local Native Alaskan elders and youth. The idea was to record the traditional knowledge and observations of elders and other locals with regards to the changing weather patterns over the decades.
Much of what we heard that day falls in line with scientific evidence and other observations reported around the world, except one thing.
A lunar cause?
“It all started when they put a man on the moon,” declared one of the elders at the workshop when the dialogue turned to possible causes of climate change.
Other elders echoed this belief that climate change was somehow linked to the 1969 moon landing and subsequent Apollo missions to our satellite without the slightest bit of irony or humor.
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