LIVEKINDLY: Canada just turned 165,000 square miles of ocean into a sanctuary
Canada is creating marine sanctuaries in the Arctic Ocean. The Tuvaijuittuq and Tallurutiup Imanga conservation efforts could help tackle climate change.
Canada is creating two marine sanctuaries in the Arctic Ocean. The conservation efforts, called Tuvaijuittuq and Tallurutiup Imanga, could help tackle climate change and protect ecosystems.
The ice in the Arctic keeps polar regions cool and helps keep the global climate at a safe temperature. As the climate crisis worsens, the Arctic heats up twice as fast as the rest of the planet.
This leads to the loss of sea ice, which exacerbates climate change and puts countless species at risk.
The Canadian government will not displace the local Inuit communities in the forming of the ocean sanctuaries. The government plans to build boating docks and create jobs in research and data collection.
President of the Qikiqtani Inuit Assocation (QIA), PJ Akeeagok, said to National Geographic that this investment in the region’s economy is a step toward making amends with native Inuit groups. “Although there’s a dark history in our chapter, our job is to start painting a bright future for Inuit. We want an economy that is self sustaining,” Akeeagok said. “This will support local economies and conservation, which is our goal.”