Conserving our Future Arctic
Warming twice as fast as the global average, the Arctic is melting. Wildlife like polar bears, whales and caribou – and the people who depend on them – are facing unprecedented challenges.
Untapped oil reserves, new shipping routes, and industrial fishing opportunities are fueling a global race to exploit the Arctic’s resources. Another path is possible, in which stewardship prevails, so that communities thrive and vulnerable species survive into the next century.
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Accounting for close to 40 percent of our country’s landmass and two-thirds of our coastline, the Arctic is a key part of what makes us Canadians. If we don’t act soon to get responsible rules and protections in place, the chance to secure responsible stewardship for this region could slip through our fingers.
Director, Canadian Arctic Program
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