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
Millions of years of evolution have prepared Arctic species, including polar bears and walrus, for life on sea ice. As the sea ice they depend upon disappears, polar bears have become a more common sight in Arctic communities, bringing them into greater conflict with people.
Spring is a particularly important time for polar bears. Polar bear mothers emerge hungry from their snow dens with their young cubs after fasting for four months. They need to hunt and replenish their energy quickly so they can continue to nurse their cubs. But as climate change continues to warm the Arctic, sea ice melts earlier in the summer and forms later in the fall.