As a packed audience last Sunday at Edinburgh found out, the answer to the question "Is the Future Arctic?" is 'yes'. You can view the proceedings in two videos from Democracy TV below to get a flavour of what the debate was like. But first; we asked some primary school children to pose their questions to the panel.
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We invited the pupils of Pinkie St Peters Primary School in Musselburgh to record some questions for the "Is the Future Arctic?" panel. We showed the questions to the panelists. There was some surprise and general agreement - these were good questions. Check out the answers too.
After a change of speakers , we are delighted to announce two new women speakers from Greenland for the Nordic Horizons Arctic Circles Fringe event on Sunday 19 November. The first is Tukumminnguaq Nykjaer Olsen a young student & campaigner from Greenland who won this year’s Arctic Innovation prize. The second addition is Scots-born Rachael Johnstone who is the Professor of Law, Arctic Oil and Gas Studies at Greenland University.
Together with Iceland’s former Foreign Minister Jon Baldvin Hannibalsson (who took Iceland into EFTA & was first to recognise the Baltic countries as independent states) and Rune Rafaelson former Director of the Barents Secretariat and an expert on oil, fishing stocks & Russian politics — it’s a heck of a line up.