If you’ve seen Earth or An Inconvenient Truth, or you’ve read any reports about global warming lately, you probably know how fragile the Arctic ecosystem is today. The bowhead whale, walrus, sea bird, polar bear and many other species are literally facing life-or-death struggles as their habitats change and decrease.
These problems, caused by global warming, industrialization, and ocean acidification, are largely exacerbated by human activity, which means that we have the power to take measures to harm—or to help.
Right now, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce is deciding on whether or not to allow these waters to be open to industrial fishing. Such activity would further deplete the Arctic area, wiping out these creatures’ food sources even more and causing them additional stress—as well as death.