© 2019 by Cameron James Mackay

Greenland is a country of extremes. The vast ice sheet and mountainous landscape have resulted in all settlements being built near the coast. Travel between settlements is difficult and is usually done by boat or plane. This means that people in Greenland depend very heavily on their local area to earn a living.

 

The expedition team asked the local people of Kangerlussuaq, West Greenland, a question: How is climate change affecting your life?

 

The answers they received were very surprising. It appeared that the local people were positive about some aspects of climate change. Their farming and tourism industries had both benefited as a result of rising temperatures. The rising temperatures meant that local people could now grow their own food. The impact of climate change on the ice-sheets had also brought many tourists and scientists to the country. Both aspects were helping to support the local economy.

5. Human Impact