At the same time, Greenland is a country with valuable mineral resources, rare earth elements, gold, rubies, oil and gas, which provides a basis for both conflict and international interest. This position gives the country a rare voice and the opportunity to take responsibility and share knowledge based on direct experience.
In 2021 during COP26 in Glasgow, Greenland decided to accede to the Paris Agreement. A big step in the right direction is to actively participate in the work to curb the climate crisis and promote a sustainable, green transition in Greenland. And in Greenland, the preparatory work is now underway about and how ratification will occur.
Greenland is in the midst of climate change, with a temperature rise three times higher than the global average, and the impact of this cannot be ignored. Climate change is not something that goes away in an instant, and on the contrary, the costs are high, also in Greenland.
By actively engaging in this agenda, Greenland is working towards living up to its name of “being green”. Greenland is part of the solution, and not just a melting pot of challenges. The intensified melting of the ice sheet and the lack of sea ice are both direct consequences of climate change. Naalakkersuisut, the Government of Greenland, is concerned about climate change’s local and global impacts and the importance of sustainable development.
Other examples of how Greenland is moving in a greener direction:
- The Government of Greenland has put an end to oil and gas exploration, making Greenland the first Arctic nation to declare such an intention.
- An increased focus on renewable energy for all of Greenland.
- When mining and sustainability must go hand in hand.
- Adaptability and adjustment, the tourism sector is an excellent example.
- Increased focus on local food production.
- Nuuk’s journey towards becoming a leading sustainable destination.
- UNESCO sites are about local history, safeguarding it and the nature and culture on which history depends.
Human, social, economic and environmental sustainability
Read more here