Greenland divided between environment and economy

This Tuesday is election day in Greenland. The autonomous territory has just over 55 thousand inhabitants but an enormous wealth in mineral terms and it was this detail that motivated the holding of early elections.

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The end of the governmental coalition was due to the lack of consensus on the Kuannersuit project, in the south of the territory, which still awaits the green light from the authorities and which provides for the creation of a mine to explore the deposit of rare metals.

Greenland has the largest strand of rare metals to be explored on the planet and it was no accident that Donald Trump suggested the possibility of buying the island in 2019. This project is seen as the gateway for foreign investors but also raises concerns about the impact environmental.

A survey by the local university gives victory to the largest opposition party and if that happens, the future of mining is at stake. Mariane Paviasen leaves no room for doubt and says that if her party wins, she puts an end to the project. For the deputy, the future of the territory depends on the development of the food industry.

The ruling party agrees with the need to diversify the sources of income but says that the project is essential for the fragile local economy and that the whole credibility of the territory is at stake.

Erik Jensen stresses the importance of developing mining projects to stimulate growth and increase revenues since they cannot rely solely on the income of the fishing industry.

The war between the environment and the economy promises to animate elections in one of the territories most affected by climate change but which has not yet signed the Paris Agreement. Here, too, the signature is dependent on who wins the ballot.

Source: Euronews

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