The idea of emphasizing the Arctic dimension of EU policies by introducing the Arctic Window into the EU’s Northern Dimension policy was presented by the Greenland government in 1999. The 'Arctic Window' then became a recognized concept in the European Union, inspired by Finland´s Northern Dimension Initiative, and launched at the climax of Finland's Chair of the EU.
The Arctic Window concept had the intention of building bridges between the Arctic nations and non-Arctic, increasing the cooperation and contribution to issues of common concern in the North. This initiative was to help building a circumpolar dialogue on Arctic policies and initiatives, and enhance Arctic-Northern Europe cooperative structures.
The Arctic covers an area the size of the whole Europe. It is sparsely populated with often-impassable areas and a severe climate with extreme variations in temperature; short summers, much ice and snow in winter and large areas covered by permafrost. Rising temperature, caused by climate change, is not only affecting the nature of the High-North but also traditions and culture.
The indigenous peoples’ in the Arctic region build a unique society with its own language and culture; traditional lifestyle which is changing, not only because of different weather condition, but also because of new technology and globalization. The new generation is facing new challenges, opportunities and increasing interest in this 'hot region'.
Arctic Window was established in 2012 as an educational tool, based on visions of the EU's Arctic Window concept. Arctic Window is currently working on a production focusing on indigenous peoples and other northerners in the Arctic region. Climate change has is not just effecting the fragile nature, but also culture and traditions. The generation which is adjusting new way of life in this ‘hot area’ is in focus of the series.
"The question is not whether we need to act. [...] the question is whether we will have the courage to act before it's too late."
US President Barack Obama,
Climate Change Speech 2013,
Georgetown University, 25 June
"The Greenlanders have known for decades that the climate is changing rapidly, but their voice has not been heard."
Dr. Stephen Pax Leonard,
Life in Greenland's polar desert,
The Observer, 30 October 2011
"While I deeply admire the resilience of Greenland's people - particularly young people, [some of] whom I have had the pleasure of meeting with - for their resilience to preserve their heritage and culture, their land, despite the very difficult nature."