Mistra Arctic Futures researcher Annika E. Nilsson is this week’s guest writer on the blog of the Swedish Ministry of Environment. She develops her views about the rapid changes in the region and the demands for environmental policy and leadership across boundaries in the Arctic. The text relates to the upcoming Arctic Council environmental minister meeting in Jukkasjärvi 5-6 February 2013.
To be sure, ice, water, weather and winds play an important role for everyone who lives and works in the Arctic region, but the future is instead created by actors with different interests and varying degrees of power. Today’s media and political discussion about the Arctic region is a part of the game. What role should environment policy play in this context? Is there a role that extends beyond defining limits? A role that sets the agenda?