Save the Arctic

There are some places on this Earth that are so important and fragile they should be protected at all costs. The Arctic is one of those places. It may seem far away but the health of the Arctic affects every person on this planet. It acts as the Earth’s heart, regulating our climate and circulating the ocean currents.

We have reached a defining moment in history. In 2012, the Arctic sea ice has fallen to the lowest level on record. In just 30 years, more than 75% of sea ice has disappeared.

Polar bears, walruses and narwhals are struggling to survive in a melting Arctic. Meanwhile oil companies like Shell are rushing in to extract previously inaccessible oil reserves, and coal companies are forging ahead to dramatically increase Australia’s coal production, putting the health of this pristine area at risk.

Without a government to protect it, the Arctic is vulnerable to exploitation. Greenpeace has a plan for people around the world to become guardians of the Arctic.

Together we will call on governments and the United Nations to turn the Arctic into a global sanctuary.

We have succeeded before. 30 years ago, Greenpeace led a movement to protect Antarctica. Today it remains a global sanctuary; a haven for scientific research and off-limits to exploitation.

Take a stand too and join the global movement to Save the Arctic.

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Why I love the Arctic

Blog entry by Alexandra Harris | 7 August, 2014

After spending two months in a Russian prison for taking part in a peaceful protest drawing attention to the dangers of oil drilling in the Arctic – it’s no wonder that the Arctic has a special place in my heart. But before I went to prison, or...

Inside the mind of Alex Harris from the Arctic 30

Blog entry by Rashini Suriyaarachchi | 8 August, 2014

Great news – after being held for nearly 10 months, the Arctic Sunrise has finally left Murmansk! From the helm, Captain Daniel Rizzotti said: “We sail home with with the voices of 5 million Arctic Defenders in our ears. This is a new beginning...

Some sticky business going on with LEGO

Blog entry by Alexandra Harris | 1 August, 2014

Yesterday a team of Greenpeace staff and giant LEGO people headed to Sydney’s biggest toy shops to tell LEGO to quit its dirty deal with Shell by plastering ‘save the Arctic’ stickers all over its boxes. But before they set off, giant LEGO...

The day giant LEGO people took to the streets of Sydney

Blog entry by Alexandra Harris | 30 July, 2014

At 9am on a Friday morning in the Greenpeace Sydney office, our giant LEGO friend, Katy, received a phone call from a supporter informing her that Shell is using it’s partnership with the well-loved LEGO brand to increase fuel sales and divert...

How to stage a #LEGOuprising

Blog entry by Alexandra Harris | 17 July, 2014

Someone’s ruffled our LEGO figures bricks! All over the world mini LEGO people are rising up in protest against LEGO’s partnership with Arctic driller Shell. They have taken the world by a storm. So far, we’ve witnessed protests in Sydney, Hong...

How tiny plastic people protested around the world

Blog entry by Greenpeace Australia Pacific | 3 July, 2014

The news of LEGO’s cosy relationship with Shell has led to tiny protests erupting around the country – nay, the world. Famous national and international landmarks have been festooned with banners as the streets resounded the stamp of little...

Getting to know Colin Russell of the Arctic 30

Blog entry by Alexandra Harris | 3 July, 2014

Nine months after being illegally seized at gunpoint Gazprom’s Prirazlomnaya Arctic oil platform in the Pechora sea – our Arctic Sunrise has been released. Colin Russell, one of the Greenpeace activists on board the ship when it was boarded last...

It’s time for LEGO to block Shell

Blog entry by Greenpeace Australia Pacific | 2 July, 2014

Imagine you’re eight years old and picture the Arctic. There are no oil rigs, no industrial shipping and no politicians fighting over it. It’s just an endless sparkling expanse of sea and ice, populated by brave scientific explorers, magical...

Our Arctic Sunrise is coming home

Blog entry by Greenpeace Australia Pacific | 10 June, 2014

Last week, we had a remarkable phone call from Murmansk. It was from the team of lawyers representing Greenpeace International telling us that the Russian Investigative Committee (IC) had decided to release the Arctic Sunrise, after nearly nine...

Ice and oil should stay in the Arctic

Blog entry by Alexandra Harris | 8 May, 2014

One day Arctic sea ice may be a thing of the past in summer. A distant memory of what used to be. And something our grandchildren will look at with awe in the natural history books. That day could be as soon as the middle of this century. That’s...

Taking action, in freedom

Blog entry by Greenpeace Australia Pacific | 2 May, 2014

Protest against Russian oil tanker transporting oil from the Gazprom drilling platform © Prirazlomnaya Neugebauer/Greenpeace Today is the day. The very first barrels of Arctic oil have found their way to my home country. Gazprom, Russia’s biggest...

Rings of injustice

Blog entry by Alexandra Harris | 22 February, 2014

Condemned to three years in a Russian prison for spray painting a fence? It sounds unbelievable, doesn’t it? But the unbelievable is happening to many activists across Russia and one man in particular – Evgeny Vitishko. Evgeny, an environmental...

Crazy weather and crazy politicians

Blog entry by Alexandra Harris | 15 February, 2014

Sydney Harbour Bridge was barely visible through the smoke and amber coloured sky. Men covered in protective clothing sprayed water at the blazing bush. A row of four ducks swiftly waddled their way out of danger. That was the first time I had...

You can’t sink a rainbow, you can’t seize a sunrise

Blog entry by Alexandra Harris | 23 January, 2014

I trembled as I walked through the grounds of Murmansk prison on the 26th September. Inmates watched me and the arrival of the other notorious 29 new prisoners through their cell windows. It was pitch black outside, but the prison was alive.

The Arctic 30 thank YOU for your support

Video | 30 December, 2013 at 0:00

All of the Greenpeace 'Arctic 30' have now returned home, having been detained in Russia for 100 days following a peaceful protest against Arctic oil drilling. Through this video, they would like to express their gratitude to all those around the...

The Arctic 30 Return Home

Image gallery | 2 January, 2014

Arctic 30 Released On Bail

Image gallery | 26 November, 2013

Save the Arctic and Free the Arctic 30

Video | 25 November, 2013 at 11:36

The Arctic is majestic, extreme, and extremely fragile. Companies like Gazprom and Shell want to drill for oil, putting the entire planet at risk. Now 30 men and women are imprisoned in Russia for trying to stop this destruction and protect the...

Global Day of Solidarity for the Arctic 30

Image gallery | 8 October, 2013

Protests outside Russian embassies worldwide

Image gallery | 21 September, 2013

The video Shell doesn't want you to see

Video | 27 August, 2013 at 21:30

Shell's priceless Grand Prix moment

Vicious Circle - narrated by John Hurt

Video | 1 October, 2012 at 10:30

A Homeless Polar Bear in London - Ft. Jude Law and Radiohead

Video | 1 September, 2012 at 10:30

Greenpeace, Jude Law, Radiohead and hundreds of thousands of people around the world are coming together to demand we save the Arctic from oil drilling, industrial fishing and militarisation. Join us at http://www.savethearctic.org

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