Published in Morgenbladet on 28 June 2021. Original title: Slik stoppet samisk motstand Harvards kontroversielle klimaballong.
This June, an air balloon was supposed to have risen to the sky outside Kiruna, Sweden’s northern-most city. On board would have been advanced equipment, a small first step test of solar geoengineering – defined as large scale emissions of particles in the stratosphere to reflect sunlight. The technology is seen by some as a potential vital part in the fight against a climate disaster by cooling down earth. However, the Sami people will have none of it above their territories. Their resistance have laid bare once more the struggle between technology optimism and nature conservation in climate policy.
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