It is preposterous that time and again the same thing is happening without the concerned people being alarmed and oblivious about much less making the crucial and decisive move to stop it from recurring. We have witnessed in the past countless exploitations and abuses committed against these helpless animals in the wild much to the dismay of the animal welfare advocates and ordinary people alike.
Again, another debacle against wild animals is about to unveil. Arctic wildlife is facing its greatest challenge of being wiped out from their natural habitats on the polar ice of the Arctic Region with the prospect of a massive oil exploration. It is estimated that there are large deposits of recoverable oil over this area of the Arctic Circle which comprises 19 geological basins. Over half of these basins have already been explored and the remaining geologically identified basins manifest potential petroleum.
During the last few decades these animals have been languishing in vain because of the effect of climate change which causes the ice glaciers to melt drastically making their desolate areas shrink and become limited to roam around and hunt for food for their survival. Among animals that are poised to decrease in numbers, or worst even wipe-out include, zeal, polar bears, the arctic fox just to name a few.
It is believed that such exploration will have alarming impacts on biodiversity that will change the face of the Arctic Region forever. Although there are some efforts to save these species and biodiversity from being exploited, but still it is short of the actions and lacks the goodwill necessary to spare the lives of these animals and in the preservation of the environment.
An Arctic oil exploration will do more harm and animosity than the benefits it promises and risks of a catastrophic ecological disaster in the aftermath of an oil spill. In fact, there is no known effective method of mitigating and cleaning an oil spill in an ice conditions. Whether this exploration has more benefits than drawbacks is something that should be seriously taken into consideration. Extraction of more fossil fuels in these areas will open and contribute more to global warming because of fossil fuel emissions.
The Arctic Region is just a few of the remaining Earth’s last frontier. In the event of its development and implementation, building massive infrastructure is inevitable, causing destruction of Arctic animal habitats, fragmentation of the migration route, glacier erosion, damage to corals and seafloor habitats from subsea floor pipelines installations, and other infrastructures necessary for the operations.
Regrettably, with the continuous exploitation of Earth’s natural resources including deforestation, mining, unabated exploitation of aquatic resources, oil exploration through fracking and other conventional methods, biodiversity suffers the most from its ill-effects because of profiteering by the very few people.
The World is beset with many problems today. In all likelihood, it is certain that humanity is in great turmoil in the face of economic meltdown in the West, the Middle East upheavals, and with the frequent and widespread occurrence of calamities and catastrophic events perpetrated due to the effect of climate change.
Continuous monitoring and fighting briskly against desecration of our natural habitats will preserve our future and for future generations. Ensuring good practice does not necessarily warrant safety, nor does its worthiness limit the onslaught of an impending risk.