21st May – So what is Environmental Protection anyway?

Today I have been comtemplating this question quite a lot and had some very interesting discussions around it.  I can say with some certainty and without causing too much uproar, that it can mean very different things to different institutions and individuals. From a surface glance, the tensions (or not) between the three ‘legs’ of Svalbard: mining, tourism and research/ education look interesting enough. Beneath this there are many more issues, positions, agendas and concerns. At the heart of most of them are how we value and relate to ‘nature’/ ‘the wilderness’, those age old troublesome words. Anyone in Svalbard feel like talking to me about this kind of thing, get in touch!

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