LETHBRIDGE: A grave warning Thursday at SACPA (Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs) about the future of the Canadian Arctic.
Former Lethbridge Collegiate Institute graduate Michael Byers is now a researcher and professor who studies the arctic.
He stated that the loss of arctic sea ice is beyond the worst case scenarios of many scientists, commenting that 10-years ago he never would have believed we would be at this point by now.
He explained that the entire eco-system revolves around the sea ice and without it everything from plant life to pollar bears will struggle to survive.
Byers explained that the only way to stop the damage from getting worse is to make drastic cuts to greenhouse gas emissions, adding that it needs to happen immediately.
Byers went on to say that there is some good news. He acknowledged that after years of making promises the federal government is finally taking steps to protect the Arctic region. He stated that extra funding for more coast guard ships and policing in the area will help to slow the damage being done.