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Years of creative, peaceful and persistent protest bear fruit as Greenland bans all new oil exploration due to escalating climate emergency and concerns for the fragile arctic environment.

The government of Greenland, an autonomous Danish dependent territory, framed the move as necessary to transition away from fossil fuels.

"The future does not lie in oil. The future belongs to renewable energy, and in that respect we have much more to gain," the Greenland government, Naalakkersuisut, said in a statement.

"It is the position of the Greenlandic government," said Naaja H. Nathanielsen, minister for housing, infrastructure, mineral resources, and gender equality, "that our country is better off focusing on sustainable development, such as the potential for renewable energy."

Source: EcoWatch