Ottawa, ON – The United States and Canadian governments deserve huge praise for their decision today to declare Arctic waters indefinitely off limits to oil and gas development. The Arctic holds a precious, yet sensitive ecosystem that is vital to Indigenous livelihoods and culture in the north. This decision will ensure the greatest chance to preserve the health of the Arctic ecosystem and its people.

Scientific analyses have shown that more coal, oil, and natural gas have been discovered than could possibly be exploited and burned if we wish to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Increasingly, governments need to be taking steps to remove the most dangerous forms of fossil fuel development off the table. Today’s announcement is an important step on that path.

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Allen Braude, Environmental Defence, (416) 323-9521 ext. 247; (416) 356-2587 (cell); abraude@environmentaldefence.ca