St. Helena, Extreme E’s centerpiece has arrived in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland as the series gets ready to make history, becoming the first motorsport to host an event in the country. The Arctic X Prix takes place from 28-29 August. Speaking about the event, Alejandro Agag, CEO and Founder of Extreme E commented saying:
It is fantastic to see the St. Helena arriving in Kangerlussuaq, and it really marks the official countdown to the Arctic X Prix. Having visited Greenland as part of our early planning, I’ve been to the ice cap and have seen the flowing melt water first-hand. It is a truly sobering place to be when you understand the scale of the situation and really bought home the severity of the global climate emergency to me, and the race against time that we are all part of.
“I hope by being here and using our global media platform, we can show the world not only the effects of climate change, but also educate on the solutions, through the expert knowledge of our Scientific Committee, and also through our Legacy Programme with UNICEF in Greenland and the community of Kangerlussuaq.
It has been an electrifying start to the inaugural Extreme E championship with Rosberg X Racing’s Molly Taylor and Johan Kristoffersson having won the Desert X Prix and Ocen X Prix in Saudi Arabia and Senegal respectively, fans having been treated to some extremely exciting and intense racing.
The crew of St. Helena has enjoyed their voyage from Senegal to Greenland with a pit-stop in Lisbon to take on supplies and for a crew change. They enjoyed the company of dolphins during their trip who played alongside the ship leaping out of the water on numerous occasions.
Hjörtur Smárason, Visit Greenland’s Managing Director, said:
“Greenland is very proud to host such a high-profile event. Climate change happens twice as fast in the Arctic with temperature rise already passing well over two degrees. The impact is decades ahead of the rest of the world, which is very visible here at Russell Glacier.
“Greenlanders are used to being at the forefront when it comes to adapting to extreme climate, but this is a challenge on a new level that needs a global response. Extreme E is a fantastic way to showcase the challenge and at the same time highlight our ability to adapt, to innovate and to act fast. Greenland is already doing it and we hope this event inspires the world to fight climate change with the same enthusiasm and determination as we see in the drivers and engineers of Extreme E.
Alongside the scientific research, Extreme E has also been supporting UNICEF to create an educational programme. The programme aims to empower young changemakers – around 3,600 young people – in the country by reimagining climate education in Greenland, helping children understand and address the climate related issues which are putting them, and future generations at risk.
Maliina Abelsen, Head of Programmes, UNICEF Greenland said:
“We are grateful to have received Extreme E’s support, to build on our existing work in promoting and protecting the rights of children who are the least responsible for climate change, yet they bear the greatest burden of its impact. With thanks to the educational resources we created, children and young people in Greenland will have an enhanced foundation of and involvement in the environmental issues that affect them.”