Greenland is the hot spot for climate change – and you can find out why below.
- The guide to climate change in Greenland
- The people must adapt to climate change: 360° Dogsledding Tour in East Greenland
- A place for disseminating knowledge: Ilulissat Icefjord centre opens in July 2021
Because of its accessibility to the melting ice sheet, Kangerlussuaq is also a science knowledge hub. The community is therefore a provider of scientific services.
Goal: The Green Greenland
Greenland is a country focused on improving its carbon footprint – which is of course a different type of challenge when your country is an island nation tasked with bearing the Greenland ice sheet in its centre. Our extreme climatic conditions mean that we cannot grow organic produce in most of Greenland; basically everything is imported; and that our tiny population of 57,000 residents inhabit only the outskirts of the island scattered in small communities.
Visit Greenland identifies four Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that the tourism industry can directly impact. These are: quality education (4), decent work and economic growth (8), responsible consumption and production (12) and partnerships for the goals (17). There are many ways of doing this, but focusing on the pristine environment, local development and finding the right balance between the cultural practises of the past while heading towards the future is a primary goal.
Greenland’s capital, Nuuk, is already on the journey to being the first certified sustainable capital in the world through EarthCheck. This in turn will have a knock-on effect, achieving other SDGs such as climate action (13), life below water (14), and life on land (15).
In 2007, the largest GLOF or jökulhlaup on record at Russell Glacier occurred where approximately 39.1 million m3 of water was released from the glacier over the course of 17 hours. This equates to over 15,000 Olympic swimming pools, with outflow discharge averaging at around a quarter of an Olympic swimming pool per second.
Climate education with UNICEF:
The vision is to educate young people for climate action through a new syllabus reimagining climate education in Greenland. This is realized in a week where there will be the focus subject: “Silasisa Iliuuseqarlutalu” // “Let’s take part in the climate fight”. Students in school will act as climate agents to find constructive solutions for reducing CO2 emissions in Greenland.
Compostable toilets with Natural Event Toilets:
Due to the lack of bathrooms available near the popular tourist destination of Russell Glacier, Extreme E are installing and training local staff to maintain compostable toilets for use during the race weekend and leaving them behind for future visitors to use. It will be “changing the world from the bottom up”, and the compost produced can be used to grow for example vegetables.
Promotion of electric mobility with DASU - Science and Slalom:
The Danish Automobile Sports Federation (DASU), the Qeqqata kommune and Kalaanni Teknikkmik Ilinniarfik (KTI, the vocational school of Greenland) present an interdisciplinary project for pupils of 6th – 10th grade in Greenland to develop a teaching concept, encourage interest and knowledge in electric vehicles to coincide with Extreme E.
Solar energy in Kangerlussuaq School with Xite Energy and Myenergi:
Solar panels will be deployed in Kangerlussuaq, with a focus on providing renewable power to the school as well as assisting in the heating of the school’s water supply.
Electric vehicle charger installations with Enel:
Two electric vehicle chargers made from recycled materials will be deployed in the region of Kangerlussuaq. This will be placed outside the rental car company and outside the municipal building in order to help support the transition of the municipality from almost fully reliant on diesel generated energy to renewable energy.
Essential medical equipment with MDD Medical:
Trauma equipment is currently not available in Kangerlussuaq, but will be brought over for the event and left for the local health centre to utilise. Local medical providers will be trained.