Even slight changes to the Arctic’s fragile habitats can have a huge impact on plants, animals and people. Human activities are taking their toll.
Pollution, climate change and development all affect Arctic temperature, habitat and available food sources. As their Arctic home continues to change, polar bears, belugas, caribou and the smaller northern animals and plants that support them face an uncertain future.
But all is not lost. Protecting species and habitats, conducting scientific research and spreading the message to Canadians across the country are just a few parts of the cooperative approach inspired by the International Year of Biodiversity.