1st Plenary - Friday, September 7th
Part One: ‘The Greenlandic Story’
Chaired by HE Aleqa Hammond, Minister for Finance and Foreign Affairs
• Welcoming address - Mr Anton Frederiksen, Mayor of Ilulissat
• Current Scientific Work on the Greenland Story and its Global Environmental significance - Professor Minik Rosing
• Adaptation and Survival - Mr Aqqaluk Lynge
Part 2: ‘One Ailing Planet’ a
Chaired by Mr Svend Auken
"To change what we see we have to change how we see it. Paradigms for thinking about the environment have changed. Our planet is unique because it is clothed in a complex web of life. Destruction or disruption of one part affects the whole. The impact of human activity is now reflected throughout the biosphere"
• Keynote speech - HE Metropolitan John of Pergamon
• One planet: the Biosphere – Dr Antonio Nobre
• What Happened to Humans and the Earth and Why: a Novel View from Fundamental Science - Professor Victor Gorshkov & Dr Anastassia Makarieva
2nd Plenary - Saturday, September 8th
‘The Tipping Points’
Chaired by: Dr Grete K. Hovelsrud
"Ways of thinking change gradually, but with flashes of sudden illumination which show us that old assumptions have died and must be abandoned. These ‘tipping points’ are starting to occur in the world’s understanding of global warming, and three of them now cry out to be recognized in the Arctic region in 2007.
One is the tipping-point notion itself; arguments about the reality of climate change are now behind us, freeing us to decide whether to meet it with prevention, mitigation, adaptation or a mixture of all of them.
A second is the way that evidence of irreversible climate change in the Arctic has now, with frightening rapidity, ceased to be a threat and turned into an accelerating reality of rising sea temperatures, disappearing fish species and-above all-the melting ice-cap.
Finally, global warming and its consequences are sweeping us towards a political tipping-point. It is becoming obvious that current versions of democracy, reduced to a mere neo-liberal competition to satisfy individual wishes, will not be adequate to manage this planetary emergency"
• Physical Tipping Point: The Threat to the Planet, Rising Sea Levels, Drought, Desertification and Climate Refugees – Dr Bob Corell
• Political Tipping Point: Implications for Politics and Economics - Mr Andi Gross
• Special Scientific Session: How Natural Ecological Communities Run the Biosphere: Water Cycle, Climate Stability, Ecological Homeostasis - Dr Anastassia Makarieva & Professor Victor Gorshkov
• The Global Outlook for Ice & Snow – a Changing Climate and other Relationships of the Arctic for the Global Environment – Dr Peter Prokosch
3rd Plenary - Saturday, September 8th
‘Impacts on the Arctic and its Peoples’
Chaired by: Mr Aqqaluk Lynge
"The arctic is no longer a pristine wilderness. Chemicals produced in industrialized nations are carried north by air and water current, and the arctic acts as the final sink where persistent organic pollutants are trapped. The traditional foods of indigenous people are now unsafe. Leakage and waste from nuclear power plants from Western Europe is also taken by currents into the Arctic Ocean that is the receiver of radioactive contamination."
• Contaminants, transportation and effects of pollution’ - Dr Lars-Otto Reiersen & Dr Jens Hansen
• Biodiversity - Dr Jane Lubchenco
• Indigenous People - Mr Pavel Sulyandziga & Dr Grete K. Hovelsrud
4th Plenary - Sunday, September 9th
4th Plenary: ‘Overcoming our Addiction to Fossil Fuels’
Chaired by: Dr Jane Lubchenco
• Oil and Gas in the Arctic - Towards a Less Oil Dependant Society: A View from Sweden - Dr Stefan Edman
• Renewable Energy - HRH Princess Irene & Mr Svend Hardenberg
5th Plenary - Monday, September 10th
‘Alternative Reflections and the Mirror of Life’
Chaired by: Professor Laurence Mee
• Welcoming Address - Mr Jonathon Motzfeldt, Speaker of the Parliament of the Home Rule Government
• Alternative Visions of the Future - Professor Dr Hans-Peter Dürr
• Justice and Virtue - Mrs Margaret Barker
• Environmental Ethics - Dr Massoumeh Ebtekar
• Discounting the Future - Dr Grete K. Hovelsrud
• Democratic Deficit - Dr Vandana Shiva
6th Plenary - Monday, September 10th
Panel Discussions - Tuesday, September 11
Panel Discussion 1: ‘Polynyas’
A scientific story about the lakes that open up the in ice in the summer months which support a unique ecology and in turn attract whales to feed on their plentiful plankton. Polynyas are disappearing as the ice disappears, with unknown effects on wildlife. Polynya experts will be on board and pictures of the lifeforms that can be found in them will be available.
Panel Discussion 2: ‘Military in the Arctic’
A US Air Force B-52 which crashed near Thule, Pituffik in January 1968 was carrying four hydrogen bombs. In August 2000 it was acknowledged that only three of those were ever recovered. The lease on the U.S. airbase at Thule was renewed in 2004.
7th Plenary - Wednesday, September 12th
‘Dialogue Between Religion and Science’
Chaired by: Mr Bruce Clark
• HE Metropolitan John of Pergamon
• Dr Antonio Nobre
Presiding Bishop: HE Bishop Sophie Petersen, Bishop of Greenland
Members and Invitees of the Gardar Foundation:
Mr Finn Lynge
Mrs Tina Jensen
Bishop Andrew Atagotaaluk, ‘Bishop of the Arctic’
Bishop Finn Wagle, ‘Bishop of Norway’
Bishop Jan Lindhardt, ‘Bishop of Denmark’
Bishop Karl Sigurbjörnsson of Reykjavik, ‘Bishop of Iceland’
Cardinal George of Chicago
Archbishop Roger Schwietz of Anchorage, Alaska