Watch these landscapes carefully: in a few years, they will have disappeared. These pictures show the Arctic Ocean’s sea ice in summer. Sometimes more than 10 m (30 ft) thick, the ice floe forms in the North Pole over several years and then drifts towards the Atlantic Ocean, passing alongside Hans Island. To date, the drifting ice would melt after currents would carry it to warmer seas. But with global warming, it now completely melts before even setting out to the south.
Scientists believe that the multi-year ice floe will have totally disappeared before 2050. Yet for hundreds of thousands of years, it has been the earth’s natural air-conditioner. It ensures the crucial reflection of solar radiation, balances global climates, and provides oxygen to the oceans. As a result of the emissions in the atmosphere of billions of tonnes of fossil carbon* due to human activities, oceans have acidified a hundred times faster than during the past fourty million years. In the oceans, the combined action of warming, oxygen depletion and acidification could trigger an unprecedented environmental disaster within a century.
If the North Pole becomes free of ice floe, the runaway melting of the Greenland ice cap and the acceleration of sea level rises will be inevitable. Cities and fertile lands will be flooded. The subsequent climate disruptions could reach yet unknown magnitudes of violence.
*Carbon stored in the earth’s crust in the form of gas, petroleum, or coal.
The Occupy Hans Island movement may be the last chance
to make a difference
"For a nation, the ownership of large natural areas is a responsibility before being a political asset.
It is a responsibility to the rest of the world since such areas are becoming scarce and precious, in the face of climate imbalance and threats that ecosystems may collapse."
We appeal to every single one of you to come and occupy a democratic area: Hans Island.
Hans Island can be the symbol of our awakening and humanity.
Hans Island should belong to every single one of us.
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Inhabitants on Hans Island
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This project was launched and designed by French author Emmanuel Hussenet, who has been an Arctic guide since 1989 and is the current president of the non-profit Hans Insula Universalis organisation. His last book "Le Nouveau Monde, regard sur la disparition des banquises et sur le sens de choses" ("The New World, a look at the death of ice fields and a reflection on the meaning of things" – in French version only) traces his journey and sets out the philosophy of this project. The Hans Island project is strictly independent and has no links to any pre-existing organisation or movement.
"Choose Hans Island as a universal point of reference because this exception in the partition of the world is an opportunity to introduce another way of experiencing our connection to the earth and to the common heritage of humanity."
Diplomatic action must be undertaken by the UN along with the two countries involved. The goal is to obtain an outright repeal of all territorial claims on Hans Island, which should be classified as Terra Nullius, i.e. a territory that belongs to no one. To make it a reality, let’s claim to be the inhabitants of the island as some form of virtual citizenship. Every one of you may claim Hans Island your own behalf by filling in the Declaration of Claim for a Universal Island. It only takes a minute and it is free.
Very close to the North Pole, Hans, the Universal Island, is awaiting you.
The three aspects 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 Island.
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 good will, far from any claim that could serve the interests of a 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 Hans Island shall be motivated by scientific purposes or by universal values.
DEDICATING HANS ISLAND TO HUMANITY, SCIENCE AND CONSCIENCE
"Once we have understood the disastrous impact of global warming, we must act in good conscience.
Yet we have only just begun to do so."
Hans Island is now yours!
IF NATIONS CAN CLAIM THAT THEY OWN THE NORTH POLE, THEN WHY COULDN'T I?
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1- Because the Arctic Ocean is the world’s thermal regulator and Hans Island is an ideal site to observe the drifting and melting ice field and to anticipate the impacts of global warming.
2- Because conscience is the prerequisite for good science and responsible action; from our present-day awareness of ecological and spiritual crises must stem our capacity to change ourselves and the world.
Located only 1,000 kilometres away from the North Pole, Hans Island represents a strategic stake for the country that would gain control of it: when the ice cap of the Arctic Ocean melts, it will become an inevitable crossing point on the new maritime route. Its owner would gain a huge advantage: control access to the last unexploited oilfields on earth.
Two countries, Canada and Denmark, are at odds over the issue of sovereignty on Hans Island. This ongoing political dispute is antithetical to our common interest to preserve a healthy planet, and it is in defiance of what we now collectively expect from the authorities: a responsible plan of action that takes into consideration all the people to solve the climate crisis.