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Project January 20, 2023

How Greenland is Adapting to Climate Change



Greenland, the world’s largest island, consists of an ice sheet covering 80% of its surface. Often referred to as “ground zero” for climate change, this ice has been melting at record rates in recent decades.

This project looks into how the country is adapting and is determined to see the benefits of the melting ice due to the changing climate.

Photojournalist Bradley Secker's work highlights how climate change in Greenland is affecting traditional industries such as mining, agriculture, shipping, and tourism, and how traditional lifestyles are adapting to the climatic changes around them. With no way to stop the global changes, Greenland's government has emphasised that citizens need to adapt if they want to thrive and survive.

The labour market is diversifying due to the increasing amount of arable land, and the opportunity to start new agricultural practices. Ninety percent of the territory’s export economy is from fishing, and warmer seas mean new species of fish, usually only in more southern waters, have ended up closer to Greenland. The seemingly inevitable melt is opening up more gastronomy options, as well as securing Greenland’s fishing industries.


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Environment and Climate Change

Environment and Climate Change