Inuit Ataqatigiit, Greenland’s left-wing environmental protection party, won the general election on Tuesday after a campaign against controversial rare earth development in the mine, partly backed by China.
The party, which is in the opposition, receives 37 percent of the vote from its longtime tenure, the center-left Siumut party. Environmentalists have to negotiate alliances to form a government. But observers say they won an election in Greenland, a semi-automatic Danish territory nestled on the fertile veins of unused uranium and rare minerals, signaling concern from those who have had it. Electoral on the impact of mining.
“People have spoken,” Múte B. Egede, leader of Inuit Ataqatigiit, told Danish spokesman DR, adding that voters had made a clear stand and that mining projects in Kvanefjeld in the south of the country would be halted.
Greenland Minerals, the Australian company behind the project, said the mine has The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the vote.
Rare earth supply, an integral part of the high-tech global supply chain and used in the manufacture of everything from cell phones to rechargeable batteries, has been dominated by China Shenghe Resources, a rare company of China owns 11 percent of Greenland Minerals.
Opposition to the Greenland mines, which Siumut incumbents support, played a key role in the defeat, leader Erik Jensen admitted in an interview with Danish broadcaster TV2.
The drilling project has been in development over the years with the government approving drilling for research. But did not issue final approval for the mine.
Among Greenlanders, mine resistance has increased by exposure to unique and vulnerable areas to “radioactive pollution and toxic waste,” said Dwayne Menezes, director of the Polar Research and Policy Initiative in London. Against is to dig dirty. “
The election results sent a clear message. Menezes added that mining companies seeking access to Greenland’s deposits must comply with stringent environmental standards and should be viewed as providing “viable alternatives” to Greenlanders.
In Greenland, where the economy is heavily reliant on Danish pay, mining tensions are centered on potential economic benefits, including hundreds of jobs on the island of about 57,000 people against environmental costs. In doing business
But the vote also underscores the growing geopolitical importance of the Arctic region in a warmer world as polar seas become more navigable and as the ice melts reveal new accessible resources, including: The scarce soil plays an important role in the production of many alternative energy sources.
“On a global level, we have to deal with tensions between Indigenous communities and the materials we need most for a climate-stressed world,” said Aimee Boulanger, Executive Director of the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance, a non-profit organization.
Given China’s dominance over rare earth production and supply, Mr Menezes said the Western countries should look to leverage their cooperation with resource-rich Greenland to maintain the “The extent of their influence”
Two years ago, Greenland’s wealthy resources and growing strategic importance made President Donald J. Trump reminisced about buying the island. Greenland’s government, however, made it clear that it was not selling.
“We are open to business, not for sale,” the island’s foreign ministry posted on Twitter at the time.