We must adapt to climate change together

A team of scientists from Canada, Greenland and Denmark has been studying some of the challenges that Greenland will face in the future. Now the scientists will present some good advice on how to deal with the changes caused by a warmer climate in Greenland. This will take place at a public meeting held in the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources in Nuuk.

17.09.18

Arctic Council has just published the report “Adaptation Actions for a Changing Arctic - Baffin Bay and Davis Strait Region” concerning West Greenland and Eastern Canada as well as the intermediate sea areas.

In the report, the scientists describe the climate-related issues that the two countries are facing now and in the future, and give advice on how best to adapt to the changes.

Increased marine traffic, altered catch opportunities, more tourists, wilder weather causing more accidents, and invasion of new species. These are just some of the challenges Greenland is facing.  

Conference on the future in Nuuk 

On 11 September, the scientists will hold a conference at the Institute in Nuuk. Here they will discuss the future of a Greenland affected by changes in the climate as well as in the global and local economy.  

”Based on the existing trends, we have gazed into the crystal ball, so to speak, and try to give some recommendations on how we as a society can prepare for the future in order to exploit the possibilities and mitigate new threats,” says one of the writers behind the report, Malene Simon, Head of Department at the Climate Research Centre in the Institute.

The population must also be involved in the conclusions and recommendations of the report, and a public meeting is held at the Institute Tuesday 11 September from 7-9 PM.

Here the scientists will do short presentations on sustainable fishery, alternative exploitation of the living resources, e.g. in connection with tourism, adaptation of infrastructure and correlation with health in housing, and they will speak of the possibilities and environmental challenges for marine traffic in connection with raw materials and tourism, among other things.

“We hope that many people will show up and discuss some of the choices, we will have to make in the future,” says Malene Simon.

Everyone is welcome at the public meeting, and no registration is needed. There will be simultaneous interpretation from Danish to Greenlandic.

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