Surrounded by ice cap, bare and devoid of mining resources, Hans is solely coveted for its geographical position. As an emblem of we want for the world, it has to belong to all of us.
Come and settle on Hans! Share this dream with us and fight symbolically for this ideal. By claiming Hans together, we may defend what it represents for every nation or organisation that may want to lay claim on it. This symbol of the 21st century will become a testimony of how humans have adapted their development to natural processes, and how they have harmonised their actions to global challenges and imperatives.
We appeal to every single one of you to come and occupy a democratic area: Hans Island.
Hans can be the symbol of our awakening, and our inalienable humanity.
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Hans Island hosts an automatic weather station that, with the help of stations on Littleton and Brevoort islands further south, provide information on the climate in this sensitive area. It is also an exceptional position for observation and study of multi-year ice.
If our aim is to get for Hans Island the Terra Nullius status, as a land that belongs to no state, it is not to make it someone else’s property. At least not in the administrative way. When we say “his country”, “his child”, “his religion”, it does not mean that this country, child or faith belongs to us. But we made it ours. It is such a connection that we cannot separate the place, person or the good from our very being. This ownership does not need a legal support to be universally accepted. What we are putting in place with Hans hails from the same principle. No contract, dogma or economical worth and still the connection with the Island exists.
The imbalance of our behavior as the one of the climate shows that we are diverted from the first meaning, that we did not respect the fundamental pact that bound us to Earth and living. Hans Island brings us back to reality, revives our memory and conscience, and convinces us to go back to renew our ties to our surrounding nature as much as our own nature. Joining this approach means sticking to evidence, making up with our true humanity and its more subtle dimensions.
Canada and Denmark don’t need an additional square kilometre of polar territory; they already possess millions. But for us all, it will make all of the difference in the world: one small square kilometre of rock and ice at the edge of the globe, as a reference to what connects us all to our inner pole. We need Hans to gather the scattered facets of ourselves and become one. Hans must be owned by no one in order to belong to each and every one of us. To us all.
AN INALIENABLE PROPERTY
Hans is a very small island located in the high Arctic, which a malicious luck positioned exactly halfway between the Canadian and Danish costs. So that, no one can determine precisely if it is closer from a country or another. This island, located only 1000 kilometers away from the North Pole, represents a strategic interest for the country that would obtain its control: it is a inevitable crossing point of the maritime road that will be opened when the ice-cap of the Arctic Ocean will have melted. The owner of Hans Island would get an advantage to control the access to the last big unexploited oil fields on earth. These projections, on behalf of private economic interests, are imposed in spite of our common interest to keep a livable planet, in defiance of what we now expect from power : that it serves a new idea of the world.
Canada and Denmark’s economical ambitions do not concern us. What concerns us is our future, our lives, the emergency to seriously take into account physical and natural parameters, while no collective decision towards this seems conclusive. The litigation between Canada and Denmark goes back to another time. Earth cannot be lowered to a cake we share to satisfy personal appetites. This games endangers climate, every ecosystems and thus us, finally it creates tensions. The thing we should value most now is conscience. Our conscience. Because it is with conscience that we claim Hans Island.
Who decides ?
The resolution of the dispute between Canada and Denmark does not depend on an UNO decision. Only nations are sovereign. The current "neutrality" of the island results from this fact: each of the nations considers that his neighbor exceeds its rights. Consequently, none of them can freely administer Hans Island, supposing that the latter needs it. So far, any unilateral intervention on Hans ended up in a diplomatic incident. Only an arbitration granted by the two parties could put an end to the discord, provided that each one is ready to accept such an arbitration.
By your implication, and by the support of nations which sit in the UNO of the idea of a universal island dedicated to humanity, science and conscience, we can initiate the dialogue with Canada and Denmark. Due to their authority on waters and lands which surround the island, therefore they had give up their claim, these two countries would become the guarantors of the freedom and neutrality of Hans.
The 3 points of the request
1. Hans Island is the sole object of this claim. Territorial waters are by no means included and under no circumstances should Canada or Denmark feel endangered in their legitimate sovereignty on the waters and territories surrounding Hans.
2. Hans Island will need to benefit from the UN-recognised Terra Nullius status – a territory that belongs to no state. This demand will be supported by the largest possible number of nations, in a spirit of goodwill, far from any claim that could serve the interest of one particular country at the expense of another.
3. Hans Island is a territory dedicated to humanity, knowledge and collective conscience. It is managed by no one and no one may exert any special rights over it. Any landing on the island shall be motivated by scientific purposes or take place in the framework of initiatives characterised by universal values.
1-By your support, you assert you don't want to see Hans Islanddelivered in the hands of countries which try to strengthen their control of the zone to exploit the presumed resources and exercise their domination on the rest of the world. By your initiative, you ask for the global warming, the ecological stakes and the common interest to be considered before any decision connected to Hans Island Hans and its region (from Smith strait in the South and the sea of Lincoln in the North).
2-Vou keep an eye on the sea of Lincoln: this sea gathers our most important reserve of multiannual ice floe in the world. This ice floe is the air conditioner of the Planet. You will be informed, by an annual scientific bulletin, of the health of Lincoln's ice floes, around Hans and around the Smith strait.
Let's ask Denmark and Canada to give up their claim in order to dedicate Hans Island to humanity, science and conscience.
"The recognition of Hans Island as a Terra Nullius will have no impact to economic interests or international conventions. No country, not even Denmark or Canada, will be hurt regarding sovereignty and territoriality."
3-You declare that you wish on Earth a sanctuary, a place protected from the human's appetites. You think that the age in which we could appropriate territories for one's own profit is over and that the authority shall be given to concerted and disinterested actions. You expect from Hans Island that it focuses the attention on the essential and becomes the symbol of a humanity working for our reconciliation with nature and the universal values.
4-You help to carry the message to your friends and on the web. You become the spokesman and the interpreter of the Hans symbol. Hans Island is now a little part of yourself and you make it know to welcome the largest number of virtual inhabitants as possible.
3 - Participate to the official claim by completing the Declaration of Claim
You are now a new Hans Island virtual inhabitant. Fill the registration form, we will use your e-mail address to keep in touch. (The collected addresses will be used for internal purposes only.)
Here you are. You are on Hans Island.
Diplomatic action must be undertaken with the UN and the two concerned countries. The objective must be to obtain an outright repeal of all territorial claims on Hans Island, which should be classified as Terra Nullius, a territory that belongs to no one. To bring such action to success, we shall position ourselves as the inhabitants of the island, a kind of virtual citizenship. Every one of you may claim Hans on your own behalf by filling in the Declaration of Claim for a Universal Island. It only takes one minute and it is free.
Settling symbolically in Hans, the Universal Island, is free and comes to support the demand for a neutrality of the island. This achievement is not going to be easy; the position of Canada is very firm concerning territorial issues. The Canadian will of appropriation of the North Pole reveals a need of control and exploitation, but is not the expression of a desire to keep safe the natural environment on which the whole world depends (climate and sea level are directly linked to the ice presence in the North Pole area). Nevertheless, it is what we expect from Canada as from Denmark: a responsible decision that consider the other nations and the climatic urgency.
Today it's your turn to seize the North Pole, by making sure it stays free and pristine. Let's lay claim to Hans Island.
WHAT CAN I DO?
You can visit Hans Island anytime by clicking on the pictogram, which takes you to the project’s official Facebook page. If it is in French, don’t panic, you’re at the right place. This is where a trace is kept of the island’s citizens from all over the world.
WHAT SHALL I DO?
AN INALIENABLE PROPERTY
Come and settle Hans Island
IF NATIONS CAN CLAIM THEY OWN THE NORTH POLE,
THEN WHY COULDN'T YOU?
Climate disruptions are creating ever more damage and victims; concurrently, ecosystems degrade, pollution spreads, oceans acidify, and the world’s evolution pushes us all to a dead end…
International climate conferences and recurrent statements of good intention are ineffective. Why? Because self-interest generally outweighs public interest and most people eventually choose to wait for solutions to come from others instead of seeking them at their own initiatives.
The case of Hans Island, the subject of a long-standing dispute between Canada and Denmark, is a striking illustration of a struggling system based on appropriation and possession that does not take ecological and human needs into consideration. We may change this by revealing the possibility of another relation to the natural world.