Climate change is currently leading to the deposition of great amounts of sand and gravel along the coasts of Greenland, while there is a rapidly growing global demand for these resources. The abundance of sand and gravel is an opportunity for Greenland to become a global exporter of aggregates and respond to the increasing global demand for these resources, while at the same time potentially bringing prosperity to the country. A national survey conducted in Greenland by a McGill University-led research team has found that a surprisingly 75% of Greenlanders support extracting and exporting sand left by the melting ice sheet. A significant proportion want Greenland’s leadership to assess the impact of sand extraction and exports on both the environment and economy. Furthermore, when it comes to who mines the sand, the majority prefer local involvement to foreign collaboration. Until McGill University’s research, no one had explored the public’s opinion about this option: read the article in full on