You would be ever so wrong to think that with all the present problems we have in the world that there could not be another in the melting pot.
The worlds present problems seem all but unsolvable until we learn to share wealth and remove inequalities that plague the earth. ( see previous posts)
For more than 800,000 years, ice reigns over the Arctic Ocean. Forming a layer of reflective protection, sea ice is one of the main earths regulators of our climate and our livelihoods.
Now the melting ice of the Arctic which has the potential to transform global climate and ecosystems as well as global shipping, energy markets, and other commercial interests is at this very moment shaping up to be the next hot spot for conflict.
Arctic permafrost is also melting, changing tundra to wetlands and shrub lands. All of these changes have profound effects on wildlife, and the human communities.
The benefits and pitfalls of the Arctic will have a global impact.
High Arctic sea belongs to no one and should remain the common property of mankind.
Fat chance of this happening.
With oil and gas companies consistently pressure politicians to open the Arctic Refuge to drilling. She is in the cross-hairs of the industrialists who covet her basement rich in oil, one of the dirtiest fuels.
Retreating sea ice is not only restructuring Arctic ecosystems, it is also permitting new industrial access for commercial fishing, offshore energy and commercial shipping on a scale never seen before.
Five countries are already seeking to annex territory that until now were under the authority of any state.
If tomorrow they come to an end, there would be only 9% of open water across the Arctic!
In addition, riparian countries are mobilizing their military capabilities on site, which could threaten peace in the region.
In preserving the Arctic, it is ourselves that we preserve.
In September 2012, the Arctic Ocean ice pack shrank to its lowest extent on record—49 percent below the average over the past 35 years.
The problems to come can only be addressed through a deep horizontal and vertical effort, in order to preserve the sustainability of the Arctic.
We should all be seeking an Arctic region that is stable and free of conflict.
Where all nations act responsibly in a spirit of trust and cooperation, and where economic and energy resources which are going to be developed are done so in a sustainable manner that also respects the fragile environment and the interests and cultures of indigenous people.
It’s rather remorse that Bill Gates is investing millions in the doomsday seed vault in Svalbard. A barren piece of rock claimed by Norway and ceded in 1925 by international treaty which is 1,100 kilometers from the North Pole in the Barents Sea near the Arctic Ocean.
Since early in 2007 Monsanto holds world patent rights together with the United States Government for plant so-called ‘Terminator’ or Genetic Use Restriction Technology (GURT).
Terminator is an ominous technology by which a patented commercial seed commits ‘suicide’ after one harvest. Control by private seed companies is total.
Such control and power over the food chain has never existed before in the history of mankind existed.
I diverse, back to the subject.
The EU’s primary interest in the region is economic, as 90% of its trade happens via maritime routes.
Green Peace is currently looking for 6 million signatures to lobby the United Nations to pass a resolution to Declare Arctic international waters “preserved natural area. ( See Their Web Site)
As they say ” the common and immutable commitment to preserving the planet we leave to our children. This desire transcends all boundaries and makes us stronger than all the armies or petrodollars.” “We will send a clear message to world peace and respect for the planet depend on the preservation of the Arctic.”
“We will resound loudly our appeal to political leaders around the world and when we are millions to stand together, we will ask the UN to adopt a global treaty to protect the Arctic Nations”
“We want to create a” natural preservation zone “around the North Pole, and banning destructive industries in the Arctic.
THE PETITION now has more than 5 million signatures!
BEFORE IT TOO LATE SIGN UP . I SUPPORT IT.
FOR IT TO WORK IT MUST BE ADOPTED ALONGSIDE A WORLD AID COMMISSION OF 0.05%. ON ALL FOREIGN EXCHANGE TRANSACTIONS OVER $20,000, ON ALL HIGH FREQUENCY STOCK EXCHANGE TRANSACTIONS AND ON ALL SOVEREIGN WEALTH FUNDS ACQUISITIONS. ( see previous posts)
NO FUNDS NO FREE ARCTIC.