Mittwoch, 15. Mai 2024, 18:30 - 20:00 iCal

Polar Talk #13

Green colonialism for the "green" transition in the Arctic

Naturhistorisches Museum Wien
Burgring 7, 1010 Wien


The implementation of the energy transition, the European Green Deal policy and the efforts of society in Europe to make the economy and people’s lifestyles “greener” require renewable energies. For electronic vehicles, wind turbines or digital devices etc., more and more critical raw materials such as lithium, cobalt, copper, rare earths etc. are needed. Many of these deposits and large-scale wind farms are located in the Arctic and sub-Arctic, which is also home to Indigenous peoples.


Our speakers are Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers with deep knowledge of how Indigenous Peoples in Canada and Sápmi deal with corporate and political pressure and the legal conditions for industry and state intrusion into their lands. Polar Talk #13 will illustrate the power of Indigenous groups and their claims to self-determination, as well as the double standards of a society that wants to “go green” at the expense of violating Indigenous rights and jeopardising peoples’ cultural existence.

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Austrian Polar Research Institute


Austrian Polar Research Institute
Austrian Polar Research Institute