There is every reason in the world to protect the Arctic in its pristine year frozen state. As Goes the Arctic So Goes Goes the Planet is a US petition that explains why the Arctic in its present state must be protected.
It is now a question of our future survival and the survival of all life. That is because most of planet's carbon is stored cooled and frozen in the Arctic.
The Arctic holds at 3 X atmospheric carbon, frozen and inert till now.
Arctic amplified global warming is already causing all the sources of Arctic carbon to emit their carbon, mainly as methane. Methane has 72 X the warming of CO2 over a 20 year period, Planetary feedback methane emissions are now driving atmospheric methane up higher. The highest methane on the planet is 2000 ppb with spikes up to 2500 ppm , at Lac La Bich Alberta on the southern edge of Canada's vast wetlands.
However in the ultimate insanity the melt down of the Arctic sea Arctic is being welcomed to open up the Arctic for more fossil fuel energy.
The 2013 Arctic Biodiversity Assessment found that Arctic biodiversity is being degraded but did no recommend any aggressive measures for climate change mitigation.