Greenland is vast, remote and insanely beautiful.
It is also one the most sparsely populated countries in the world, yet it is undergoing profound environmental, geopolitical and economic change.
Earlier this year, we invited a group of UK parliamentarians who were visiting Greenland to drop in on the newest office in our global network. It opened in 2015 in the capital city Nuuk, establishing WWF as the first global conservation organisation to have an office in Greenland.
James Gray MP, Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Polar Regions, led this expedition, and he kindly shared his reflections with us.
Chief Advisor, Polar Regions, WWF-UK
Since mid-September, we have seen Royal Dutch Shell say they will do one thing, while behind the scenes, do the opposite. On September 21, 2020, one of the world’s largest oil producers confirmed they plan to cut as much as 40 per cent of their costs in oil and gas drilling to shift their focus to renewable energy. Meanwhile, Shell applied to consolidate 18 of its offshore oil leases in Alaska’s West Harrison Bay, in order to begin drilling in 2023.
Over 5 million people around the world are now questioning Norway’s reputation as a leader in sustainability. More than 1000 people acted to #SaveTheIceEdge on May 13, by tweeting messages at the Norwegian government to stop the expansion of oil and gas in the Arctic Ocean.