Engaging climate conference in Vesterålen

07 June 2024

The Gaia Arctic Summit 2024 climate conference was a success! Two knowledgeable and engaging days in Vesterålen on 6 and 7 June have been completed.

International and Norwegian experts have contributed knowledge from their fields to a very diverse audience consisting of representatives from international project partners in RESIST, local businesses , and representatives from municipalities. 285 registered participants have experienced fantastic Vesterålen, the Hurtigruten Museum, and taken part in highly topical topics and issues.

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Grete Ellingsen, Vesterålsrådet, Geir Are Johansen, Director Museum Nord, and conferences Haddy Njie. Photo: Linn Olsen

From research to action

Gaia Arctic Summit 2024 has addressed the importance of science for understanding how to achieve a sustainable future, where technology and innovation are seen as methods to achieve change. Especially in the Arctic, where we are already seeing climate change today and expect a dramatic increase in the future, we are not in the process of providing satisfactory support mechanisms for small companies, for example. Material consumption in rich countries is much higher than the world average, 40 tonnes per person compared to 11 tonnes. Circular economies can reduce this, and it must be easier for small companies and consumers to achieve change.

At the same time, there is a change in the way we talk about climate change, from looking at mitigation to talking about how we can adapt. But there are still gaps between what we know and what we do.

-Gaia Arctic Summit is without a doubt a success for Museum Nord and its partners, and we are proud to have been involved in carrying out the conference. We as a museum need to look at how we talk about climate change, and especially how we can do it in a better way where all the complexity comes to light. Participation in arenas like this is therefore important to us, says Anna Vermehren, head of research and head of R&D at Museum Nord.

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Ane Høyem, project manager for GAIA Vesterålen. Photo: Anna Vermehren.

Culinary experience at the Hurtigruten Museum

A fantastic atmosphere at the Hurtigruten Museum put an end to the first day of the conference. An aperitif on the deck of MS Finnmarken at the Hurtigruten Museum was accompanied by entertainment, and dinner prepared by Kvitnes Gård. The dinner consisted of ingredients from north of the Arctic Circle.

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