COLD RUSH – published in the UK and Canada in June 2018
The first book in English to cover Greenland’s and Denmark’s positioning in the modern Arctic. COLD RUSH follows the two nations’ engagement in Arctic developments over ten years from 2007 to 2018 and also how their complex, post-colonial partnership evolves in the light of still more forecull demands for independence in Greenland. COLD RUSH also gives you the story of how Denmark and Greenland in 2014 claimed the seabed at the North Pole plus an astonishingly large additional part of the Arctic seabed – a claim that manifestly overlaps that of Russia. Greenland – the largest island in the world – is an essential, yet often overlooked actor in the Arctic – COLD RUSH brings you up to speed.
Buy the book here directly from the Canadian publisher (and please ignore the blurp full of factual errors etc.)
Does anybody know what Hans Island is? Not really, but the Canadian the the Danish government have been battling over the ownership of this tiny, barren and extremely remote piece of rock in the nothernmost waters between Canada and Greenland for 45 years! I had the rare pleasure of visiting Hans Island in April 2018. I then wrote a piece for ArcticToday.com and then the BBC World News called for a tv-appearance. Check here to see how that went:
Naomi Klein – on the Arctic, Trump and climate change
In December 2017 Naomi Klein, world famous Canadian author and activist, talked about the Arctic, Donald Trump and climate change. I interviewed her on stage at the New York Public Library as part of the series Arctic Imagination.
This book is a free e-book. It is about Greenland’s rapidly changing role in the world and about it’s complex connections to Denmark, its former colonizer. It is about Greenland’s possible secession from the Kingdom of Denmark, oil, uranium and the difficulties that Greenlanders and Danes often have when they try to talk about their common past and Greenland’s place in the new, global future. Never before did I understand just how complex the desire for increased independence is, or how dramatic the clashes between old and new are, or how volcanic the debate over which path to choose for the future can be. An insight into these local discussions is a prerequisite if one wants to understand Greenland’s future relations to Denmark and its changing role in the world. My observations flow from my work as a journalist in Greenland and Denmark over the past years, where I worked for the Danish Broadcasting Corporation and other media outlets. I am Danish, I lived only two years in Greenland as a teenager, but I have come there often in later years. My errand is not to forward any opinion on Greenland’s position as a part of the Danish realm, nor do I pass judgment on the popular vision of future secession. If anything, I hope to throw light on the complexities involved and to encourage more people to take part in this important debate by providing detail, real human beings, facts and observations from places that would, for most people outside Greenland, be somewhat cumbersome to reach. You can download the free e-book here: http://www.fak.dk/publikationer/Pages/TheGreenland-Dilemma.aspx
Why is the Arctic – and Greenland – so important?
Why do I find the Arctic so important – to Denmark and to the rest of the world? In December 2017 I was interviewed in New York about my own work, about Greenland and Denmark and climate change. A rare occassion to express myself at length in English – so I got the tape. Just click on the video below: