I wasn’t always a traveler. In fact, I preferred to stay home in the icy oasis of the Arctic surrounded by thick ice and a healthy food supply. Unfortunately, I’ve had to adopt the life of a nomad, wandering outside my element searching for food and a place cold enough to call home. Continue reading →
It was the 5th of October last year when more than 20 of my colleagues and I met in Paris. We are all Volunteer Coordinators here at Greenpeace, and the question that took us to France on that day was “How can we take our demands for Arctic protection to the streets, and and make sure those in power hear the voices and creativity of an ever growing movement committed to saving the Arctic?” Continue reading →
Polar bear on Arctic sea ice which are reaching record-low levels
I am Michael Klare, a professor of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College and the author of several books on the intersection of environmental and security issues, including, most recently, The Race for What’s Left.
For the past 15 years I’ve been studying the global struggle over vital resources – oil, land, water, minerals, timber, and so on – and watched as giant multinational corporations and supportive governments have dug deeper into the Earth in their hunt for new sources of supply. This has, of course, been going on for a very long time: humans have always exploited the Earth’s natural resources for their own purposes, and when they’ve exhausted any particular habitat, they’ve moved on to others and begun the process all over again. But what I see happening today represents a new stage in human history. Most of the planet’s easily-accessed resource deposits have now been depleted or are already in production, and all that remains are the hard-to-get deposits – those deep underground, far offshore, in the Far North, or in countries at war. To exploit these remaining deposits, the resource firms will have to employ greater force – both to extract materials from the Earth and to subdue the indigenous peoples and others who stand in their way. The implications are obvious: Any effort to sustain our current industrial lifestyle with existing materials will result in substantially increased environmental damage and political violence. Continue reading →