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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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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