Is the Future Arctic? The Arctic Circle Forum, a roaming regional offshoot of the annual Arctic Circle Assembly, came to Scotland in November 2017 and Nordic Horizons ran a packed out Fringe event, with a great panel of speakers from across the Arctic. Our panellists were – Tukumminnguaq Nykjaer Olsen, a young student and campaigner from Greenland, who won this 2017 Arctic Innovation prize. Scots-born Rachael Johnstone, Professor of Law, Arctic Oil and Gas Studies at Greenland University Jon Baldvin Hannibalsson, Iceland’s former Foreign Minister, who took Iceland into EFTA and was the first to recognise the sovereignty of the Baltic states Rune Rafaelson, mayor of Sør-Varanger, Norway’s most northerly municipality, former Director of the Barents Secretariat and an expert on oi...Read More
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. Part 1 Part 2
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. Arctic Circles Forum Pupil Questions from Nordic Horizons on Vimeo.
On Thin Ice – Is the far north safe in Nordic hands? – Digital Notes The North Sea oil spill has made our High North debate horribly topical all of a sudden. So has the news that Statoil’s latest North Sea oil discovery (in Aldous Major South) is the biggest in 20 years. So is the Far North safe in Nordic hands? Do the Norwegians have systems ready to close down leaks more quickly than the British sector and less secretive oil companies – if not can they honestly say Arctic drilling is safe or ethical? Rune Rafaelsen of the Barents Secretariat says “All industrial activities have a risk for accidents. For the people in the North it is a challenge to minimize the risks. But the answer for the people of the High North must be economic development.” Anna Kireeva of Bellona says “S...Read More