Saving the Arctic: Green Peace or oil riot?

"Our contribution to this book is a chapter in which we study Greenpeace’s 'Save the Arctic' campaign, and how it was received in three Arctic states, Greenland, Russia and Norway between 2011 and 2014. Greenpeace was seeking an audience that reached far beyond the Arctic, with the aim of bringing to light the environmental risks that link the Arctic to the rest of the world. Yet when we consider the reactions by the various states targeted, we find an inherent clash with this largely global focus, as the states jostled to reaffirm their own national priorities in the region. In our contribution we describe how the confrontation between Greenpeace and the three states unfolded and how these interventions reveal an underlying struggle over the broad question of what should be sustained in the Arctic, or perhaps more accurately, what has priority with regard to sustainability" - Kirsti Stuvøy.

Chapter in The Politics of Sustainability in the Arctic by Hannes Gerhardt, Berit Kristoffersen and Kirsti Stuvøy.

About the book (from the publisher Routledge)

The Politics of Sustainability in the Arctic argues that sustainability is a political concept because it defines and shapes competing visions of the future. In current Arctic affairs, prominent stakeholders agree that development needs to be sustainable, but there is no agreement over what it is that needs to be sustained. In original conservationist discourse, the environment was the sole referent object of sustainability; however, as sustainability discourses have expanded, the concept has been linked to an increasing number of referent objects, such as society, economy, culture, and identity.

This book sets out a theoretical framework for understanding and analysing sustainability as a political concept, and provides a comprehensive empirical investigation of Arctic sustainability discourses. Presenting a range of case studies from Greenland, Norway, Canada, Russia, Iceland, and Alaska, the chapters in this volume analyse the concept of sustainability and how actors are employing and contesting this concept in specific regions within the Arctic. In doing so, the book demonstrates how sustainability is being given new meanings in the postcolonial Arctic and what the political implications are for postcoloniality, nature, and development more broadly.

Beyond those interested in the Arctic, this book will also be of great value to students and scholars of sustainability, sustainable development, and identity and environmental politics.

Published 17. December 2018 - 11:26 - Updated 17. December 2018 - 11:56