Protecting the North Pole's wildlife & ecosystem
It is quite possible the ocean surrounding the North Pole is one of the more significant generators of life on Earth – no-one knows! Researchers have only just been able to access the area, now that the sea-ice habitat is reducing. But we do know these waters host some of our planet’s most loved species.
So the question you could ask is, Why are we even thinking of treating it as one of nature’s new business ‘goldmines’, rather than realising its loss of sea ice is today’s largest single warning of ecological collapse?
The 90ºNorth Unit is an advocacy team focused exclusively on the conservation of the delicately balanced, but increasingly threatened wildlife and floating ice-reef ecosystem in the Arctic Ocean’s international waters.
You may be surprised to learn this unique ecosystem supports the single spiral-tusked, unicorn-of-the-sea (narwhal), the white whale (beluga), the double-tusked mammal (walrus), the offshore-living fox (Arctic fox), the world’s largest surface carnivore (polar bear), the world’s largest dolphin (orca, aka killer whale), the world’s second largest animal (bowhead whale) … and even the world’s longest living animal (Greenland shark).
But more significant than any of these charismatic mega-fauna are the smallest marine plants (phytoplankton) and animals (zooplankton), for these specialist Arctic ‘primary producers’ convert and store the sun’s energy into their living tissue, upon which the mega-fauna ultimately depend for their food supply.
This unique ecosystem urgently requires conservation measures to protect it from imminent exploitation by commercial fishing, commercial shipping and commercial mineral extraction.
Do choose to join us in our efforts to protect it – or, you can let the otherwise inevitable happen on your watch.