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26 May 2015

Why the Arctic is relevant to the world

Arctic Dream

More than ever the Arctic is relevant to other parts of the world. Professor Minik Rosing takes the stage and explains why when DR2’s Deadline and the event-makers of Zetland Live explore the modern longing for the Arctic in the concert hall of DR’s Koncerthuset.

The Arctic is a hot topic. This is why the hosts from DR2’s Deadline and the event-makers of Zetland Live are now turning north in a spectacular Arctic-themed show in DR’s Koncerthuset. The organisers are promising an evening of music, magic, and incisive debaters and speakers.

Professor Minik Rosing is among the scientists and opinion makers invited to cast light on the challenges that Greenland, Denmark, and the world are presently facing in the Arctic. The show takes place on June 4 in front of a live audience open to the public.

"Today, it is becoming increasingly clear that global challenges such as climate change, scarcity of resources, and the retreat of nature cannot be properly assessed and tackled without considering the Arctic.

Minik Rosing 

Parts of evening will be recorded for later broadcasting on national television.

The Arctic as an answer to global challenges?

Throughout the evening, focus will be on the challenges that humanity and nature are confronted with in the Arctic. Among these are the question of ownership of the ocean floor, as well as the opportunities and threats emerging as rising temperatures force back the polar ice cap and reveal a new ocean in the north.

Professor Minik Rosing plans to make use of the occasion to emphasise the increasing relevance of the Arctic to the rest of the world.

- The position and role of the Arctic in a global context are presently undergoing fast transformations. Previously, the region and its harsh climate were primarily considered obstacles to be overcome in the hunt for routes of commerce and transportation. Today, it is becoming increasingly clear that global challenges such as climate change, scarcity of resources, and the retreat of nature cannot be properly assessed and tackled without considering the Arctic. Many of the most acute problems the world is facing are most directly felt in the Arctic and at the same time, the region may provide the solution to a lot of these issues.

In addition to professor Minik Rosing, Rear-admiral Nils Wang of the Royal Danish Defence College, journalist and author Martin Breum, and brain scientist Peter Lund Madsen are among the people to take to the stage during the evening. Nynne Bjerre Christensen and Martin Krasnik of Deadline are among the hosts guiding audience and debaters through the 90-minute programme.