24C3 - 1.01

24th Chaos Communication Congress
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Day Day 4 (2007-12-30)
Room Saal 1
Start time 12:45
Duration 01:00
ID 2158
Event type lecture
Track Society
Language en

The Arctic Cold War

The silent battle for claiming and controlling the Arctic

Russia, Canada, the United States and Denmark are each pushing for more control and access to the resources of the Arctic. In the balance hangs the future of an entire ecosystem and our planet.

In August of 2007, a Russian submarine planted a flag under water claiming more territory on the sea bed of the arctic for Russia. Back home they were welcomed as heros, like cosmonauts returning from the moon. In the boardrooms of the state owned oil company, executives were already salivating about the alleged oil and gas reserves that lay untapped below their chunk of the arctic.

Meanwhile in North America, similar salivating is taking place, as both Canada and the United States send military and civilian ships to claim their piece of the alleged pie.

In between there's Greenland, administered by the Danes, who also realize there's money to made and national pride at stake.

But what about the people of the earth? The communities, the ecosystem, both in the arctic and throughout the globe... What will happen to them if the Arctic meltrush goes into full throttle?

This talk is about the new cold war, where nations and corporations carve up one of the most important regions on earth and fight amongst themselves for control.. for money.. for power. And as the melt-rush goes forward, citizens of the world are left in the dark about just what plans their governments have and what is at stake for every living thing on earth.