Tele-Press Briefing on Upcoming Historic Polar Meetings

On April 2, 2009, the Pew Environment Group and WWF led a press conference call to preview the first-ever joint Arctic Council/Antarctic Treaty Ministerial Meeting on April 6 and the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting which runs for the following 10 days.

Never before have these groups come together to discuss urgent global issues impacting both the Arctic and Antarctica. These meetings come at a time when the poles are sending critical signals about global change. Nearly 400 diplomats, polar scientists, government officials and non-governmental organizations from 47 countries and 29 consultative parties will discuss issues including the rapid loss of Arctic ice habitat and the localized depletion of Antarctic krill, the primary food source for Antarctic whales, seals and penguins.