While the frigid temperatures and desolation of the Arctic and Antarctica may seem inhospitable to humans, underneath the surface these cold waters are abundant with life. Seasonal plankton blooms during the long summer days attract huge schools of fish, pods of migrating whales, flocks of seabirds, seal and sea lion colonies, and many other key species.
However, climate change is already having disastrous consequences for the Arctic: beloved marine mammals such as polar bears and walruses are drowning as their habitat melts away; prized food fisheries like Alaskan King Crab, halibut and pollack are experiencing catastrophic declines; and the native Alaskan Inuit tribes are watching their culture and way of life disappear.
The creatures of Antarctica face many of the same challenges as those in the Arctic. Ice sheets are melting as a result of climate change; Antarctic krill are disappearing, leaving whales, penguins, seals and sea birds at a loss for food; and unregulated illegal fishing is threatening key species, such as the Patagonia toothfish (Chilean Sea Bass).
Our Polar Seas Fund provides grants to projects that focus on actively addressing our carbon emissions, better regulating our fishing and shipping industries, and making wise decisions about how we produce and consume the energy on which our civilization depends.
Web Designers San Francisco