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Competing Pressures for the Arctic

The Arctic is a fragile ecosystem sitting alone at the top of the world.

Well, it used to be alone.  Now, countries and corporations are competing for a share of its economic potential—its rich natural resources, untapped energy sources, and emerging trade routes.

On March 12 The Economist is hosting its Arctic Summit in Oslo, where 150 interested policy-makers, CEOs and influential commentators will come together to discuss the possibilities for a responsibly governed Arctic.

At Oceana we work hard to protect the Arctic’s marine ecosystem and the subsistence life of its peoples.  In order to make real progress, all of the intersecting threats—climate change, industrial fishing, shipping, pollution, and oil and gas development—need to be addressed together.  You can make a difference in the Arctic by signing Oceana’s petition to stop oil and gas drilling.

We commend The Economist and all of the Arctic Summit participants for taking on such an important and critical set of issues.

Stay tuned for an update from our own Nicolas Fournier, who will be representing Oceana at the conference.

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