In the Shadow of the Thaw
27 May 2019

The summer arctic ice cover has decreased by 50% over the last four decades, and it shows no sign of slowing down. Climate change not only has an economic impact but an enormous impact on culture and lifestyle. The loss of habitat and overfishing has already greatly affected life in many towns, causing unemployment and drastic changes in traditional ways, like in Narsaq where the population has dropped as young people moved elsewhere to find the source of income and those who remain standing in front of an unstable future and social problems.

The continually shrinking ice on Greenland is exposing mineral riches (iron, gold, zinc, uranium and rare earth elements) which poses a number of potential risks to the population and the environment and possibly forever changing the landscape of their homeland. The world’s thirst for these commodities is sure to bring companies from across the globe competing over mining rights.

In the shadow of the thaw, what prospects will this uncertain future bring for the indigenous population? Will the knowledge and the memory of their forebears slowly evaporate?