|The BBC's Science Editor DAVID SHUKMAN chaired a terrific panel based discussion on the Future for Arctic Exploration as part of 'The Exploration at the Frontline' series on Tuesday 9th June.
Members' magazine Sesame will feature a full review of this inspiring evening and you can watch the event itself on /www.frontlineclub.com/exploration-in-the-arctic-past-present-and-future.
SES and Frontline members were treated to a discussion of the very highest level, as David chaired a panel of experts including;
PEN HADOW, Arctic explorer and advocate.
David and the panel were introduced by SES Chairman ANDREW MITCHELL, who had just flown in from climate talks in Bonn so as you can imagine was a very interested member of the audience!
PROFESSOR MARTIN SIEGERT FRSE, co-director of the Grantham Institute
CHARLES EMMERSON, author of The Future History of the Arctic (Random House, 2010) and senior fellow at Chatham House.
FRANK HEWETSON from Greenpeace, who has particular knowledge of protest against the off-shore oil industry,
What is the Arctic? One of the first and most important comments was that the region is many things; it is a series of geographies, influenced by many different countries' political leanings; with hugely differing population influences, depending on where you are in the region.
The panel were challenged to explore a wide range of subjects including 'where will be in 30 years with regard to the Arctic?'; which countries will stake their claim; or will the need to make these claims not be relevant in 30 years? Other subjects included the need to protect specific areas of the Arctic and whether tourism has a place in the Arctic's long term interest?
It was an inspiring forum.
Details of this FOURTH 'Exploration at the Frontline', which will take place in the Autum, to be announced.