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12 October 2022

Two Poles, One Common Future - Maxine Burkett: Polar Challenges

In a series of short video interviews, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation together with its partners in The Polar Initiative - SCAR, IASC and the Oceanographic Institute of Monaco - invited polar scientists and specialists to give a voice to polar regions, calling for a greater protection of Arctic and Antarctic regions and for shedding a light on the benefit they represent for the Planet and Humanity.Maxine Burkett, US Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans, Fisheries, and Polar Affairs, explains that "while the poles face similar challenges, we have different approaches to the two poles".In the Arctic, the focus is on "both sustainable development and environmental protection. (…) that will address health, economies and well-being over time.", whereas in the Antarctic, the focus is on "science, peace and environmental protection. (…) to protect the Antarctic from any kind of development." Burkett hopes for "a future in which the poles are thriving, in which we ensure the kind of resilience that will allow for healthy ecosystems to persist for generations to come"Visit https://www.thepolarinitiative.org/ for more information.

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