Want to know how to protect the Arctic Circle? It’s the ‘top of the globe’ and covers 8 countries (including US, Canada, Russia, Greenland and most of Scandinavia – Newcastle is about 800 miles from the southern point. The coldest town on earth (Russia) leaves car engines running, to avoid freezing.
The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has millions of acres of land that is home to polar bears and other wildlife, which President Trump just signed an order to open for drilling (it could take years for Biden to reverse this, hopefully not). The North Pole is the ‘top of the world’, where nearby you’ll find aurora borealis (the beautiful ‘northern lights’, caused when charged particles from the sun strike air molecules in the earth’s magnetic field).
But 75% of sea ice volume in the Arctic has gone. Polar bears are at risk from climate change and could go extinct, as sea ice melts. So it’s important to also stop drilling for oil and minerals in the Arctic Sea, to help endangered species. International peace politics is needed. Surprisingly despite his policies elsewhere, President Putin (strange considering his reputation and the fact that he hunts) has recently signed up to strict animal welfare laws, so let’s hope he loves polar bears.
- Read how to reduce your carbon footprint, and campaign against HS2 which is killing nature and wildlife, and the money could be spent instead on upgrading public transport.
- Be a greener driver and switch to clean energy.
- Boycott Shell. After abandoning Arctic drilling a few years back, but recently stated it will start again.
- Support organisations that are filing lawsuits, to stop Arctic drilling. Plaintiffs include include Friends of the Earth.
This is our nation’s last great wilderness. Adam Kolton, Alaska Wilderness League