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Dear Prime Minister Harper,
I am deeply concerned about climate change in the Arctic and the threat this poses to the polar bear.
Temperatures in the Arctic are rising at almost twice the rate of that of the rest of the world, and it is threatening to place the entire Arctic ecosystem in jeopardy. For the polar bear, an irreplaceable symbol of the Arctic, climate change could lead to their extinction.
The polar bear depends on sea ice to survive, hunting for seal until the ice disappears every summer. As climate warming reduces the extent of the pack ice, the polar bear loses precious hunting time, and the number of polar bears declines.
I call on the Government of Canada to protect the polar bear's habitat and slow the effects of global warming in Canada's treasured Far North.
I call on the Government of Canada to take the lead in protecting our natural heritage. We must provide international leadership in the battle against global warming.
I call on the Government of Canada to establish strong regulations concerning access to and removal of natural resources from within Canada's North. Oil and gas development should not come at the expense of our nation's wildlife.
I call on the Government of Canada to maintain essential habitat for all Arctic wildlife, and ensure that Canadian communities in our North are not disrupted by climate change.
Thank you for considering my views.
Every year, more and more of Canada’s treasured wildlife are threatened by extinction. Today, there are 640 wildlife species at risk of extinction, according to the scientific Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. For roughly 75 percent of these species, the loss and degradation of their habitat is the central cause of their endangerment. Pollution, poaching and the growing effects of climate change are also threats that Canadian wildlife face every day.
Canada enacted the federal Species at Risk Act (SARA) in June 2003 to address the mounting threats to Canada’s endangered wildlife. But today, Canada is failing to fulfill its duty of care toward our nation’s wildlife by refusing to properly implement the Act.
Many of Canada’s endangered wildlife live in the Arctic, which is experiencing the consequences of global warming more than any other place. Research shows that temperatures in the Arctic are rising at almost twice the rate of that of the rest of the world. Since 1979, the extent of summer ice has declined by 30%. Sea ice not only provides hunting ground for polar bears, but shelter and transportation for seals, walrus, arctic foxes, and the Inuit people.
The underside of Arctic ice provides a surface for algae that support cod, char, beluga, and narwhal. The white sea ice also has a cooling effect on climate by reflecting light away from Earth's surface. As the Arctic continues to melt, global warming will advance even more quickly. We must put a stop to global warming before more of Canada’s wildlife join the endangered species list!
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