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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Shell's priceless Grand Prix moment

Feature Story | 26 August, 2013 at 11:21

We exposed Shell’s dirty Arctic drilling plans at its biggest sponsor event of the year: the Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix. Watch the video of the priceless moment when we surprised Shell right before the presentation of the winner's trophy.

Defending the Arctic even as Russia threatens to use force

Standard Page | 2 September, 2013 at 10:35

In the frigid waters of the Kara Sea, north of Russia, far away from the glare of public scrutiny, oil giants Rosneft and ExxonMobil are exploring the offshore Arctic and the Russian Coast Guard threatened to fire on a Greenpeace ship today...

The Arctic nightmare Russian authorities don’t want you to see

Standard Page | 2 September, 2013 at 10:35

I’m on board the Greenpeace icebreaker Arctic Sunrise, about to cross into an area of the Arctic that Russian authorities don’t want us to see.

The North Pole. 2.7 million names. One flag. One Arctic.

Feature Story | 16 April, 2013 at 9:26

Our four young explorers on a mission with Greenpeace have planted a flag on the seabed beneath the North Pole, at the same spot where a submarine planted a Russian flag claiming the Arctic for Moscow.

Shell abandons 2013 Arctic drilling!

Feature Story | 28 February, 2013 at 11:51

Great news: oil giant Shell has announced that it is giving up on its plans to drill for oil in the Alaskan Arctic in 2013.

8 reasons why Shell can't be trusted in the Arctic

Feature Story | 7 January, 2013 at 14:20

Shell's most recent 'mishap' a few days ago was not the first setback the oil giant has suffered in its plans to drill for oil in the Arctic. In fact, it's the eighth in a growing list of reasons why Shell should not be trusted in the Arctic.

Finding heart in a melting Arctic

Feature Story | 21 September, 2012 at 11:53

Greenpeace ship the Arctic Sunrise and her crew are right now in the Arctic to bear witness to a record taking place. This is not a record to celebrate but one that sounds a warning bell. This week the Arctic sea ice reached the lowest level on...

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

Live action! Activists confront Shell

Feature Story | 24 February, 2012 at 10:03

Around the world, fossil fuel companies are encroaching further and deeper into our few remaining pristine environments to exploit resources. Who’s going to stop them?

In 30 years we've lost 75% of the Arctic sea ice

Feature Story | 13 February, 2012 at 11:01

If there's one fact to remember which underlines the urgency in protecting the Arctic it's this: in 30 years we've lost 75 per cent of the Arctic sea ice.

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