"there is no place on Earth exempt from the pressure we are putting on the environment, we must intensify and halt the damage done to our common home. We are the keepers of some of the greatest areas of wilderness on Earth. We are the guardians of a diversified and remarkable cultural heritage"
- Siv Fridleifsdóttir, Environment Minister of Iceland
From a speech given at the 10th anniversary of arctic environmental cooperation in Rovaniemi, Finland on 11 June 2001.