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.

This is only the beginning

Feature Story | 20 December, 2013 at 10:24

After two months in jail, a new amnesty bill passed by the Russian government will halt legal proceedings against the Arctic 30.

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...

Now it's up to us

Standard Page | 24 December, 2013 at 11:38

The Federal Court has decided in favour of Whitehaven Coal and its plans to go ahead with the largest coal mine currently under construction in Australia. Smack bang in the heart of Leard State Forest.

The Arctic 30 Return Home

Image gallery | 2 January, 2014

Shell's Arctic Albatross

Feature Story | 31 January, 2014 at 12:04

A little over ten years ago, Shell decided to invest in a lucrative new project - drilling in the melting Arctic ocean off the Alaskan coast. Now, the picture looks rather different.

Tassie Arctic hero finally back home

Feature Story | 3 January, 2014 at 23:30

After a long journey, alongside his wife Chrissie and daughter Maddie, Colin Russell finally made it onto home soil at 10.55pm on Thursday 2 January 2013.

Family of activist Colin Russell call on Federal Government to do more

Feature Story | 25 November, 2013 at 12:34

Imprisoned Arctic 30 crew-member Colin Russell's wife Christine and daughter Madeleine speaks to Ch 7's Weekend Sunrise program on 16 November 2013. They called on the Australian government to help free him from a Russian jail.

Arctic 30 Released On Bail

Image gallery | 26 November, 2013

The last of the Arctic 30 gets bail

Feature Story | 29 November, 2013 at 9:17

Amazing news! On Thursday evening, Colin Russell was in court in St Petersburg to appeal the decision that he should not be released on bail. Not even four minutes after we learned that his hearing had started, news came that Colin had been...

A letter from Alex Harris, detained in Russia for a peaceful protest

Feature Story | 27 October, 2013 at 10:22

Alex Harris is one of the 'Arctic 30' detained in Russia for a peaceful protest against Arctic oil drilling. Originally from the UK, Alex has been living in Australia for the last three years and works in our Sydney office as a digital campaigner...

Our Captain Fantastic

Standard Page | 15 October, 2013 at 15:41

Pete Willcox, who has just been refused bail and remains alone in a Russian jail cell, was my skipper on board the first Rainbow Warrior in 1984.

From Russia with love - letters from the Arctic 30

Feature Story | 28 October, 2013 at 16:01

We've received a number of letters now from the Arctic 30. We'd like to share a few highlights from a sample of them. They reveal what life is like for them in Murmansk, and how important your support is to them.

Gazprom vs. Greenpeace Arctic 30

Standard Page | 5 November, 2013 at 15:03

Russia's overreaction to the Greenpeace Arctic protest — and their ludicrous waffling on the actual charges — will not work out well for Russia. Their extraordinary response will more likely help the global climate movement meet its goals.

Battling extreme weather on Mt Everest to join the call to #FreeTheArctic30

Standard Page | 21 October, 2013 at 15:13

I’ve been to Mount Everest four times: first to climb, then twice to investigate glacial evidence of climate change. This year I thought I came back to ride. My friend Nancy and I rode 1,500 kilometres on bicycles over the course of one month...

Award-winning photographer dedicates prize to the Arctic 30

Feature Story | 21 October, 2013 at 15:05

It was a very special night for me: I received second place at the prestigious Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year.

The EnvironmentaLIST: 17 Stunning Images of the Arctic Sunrise Taking Peaceful Action

Standard Page | 14 October, 2013 at 14:56

Designed as an icebreaker, the Arctic Sunrise's rounded, keelless hull allows it to navigate through sea ice – but also makes life rather interesting in rolling seas.

Greenpeace International’s Kumi Naidoo offers himself as a guarantor for the Arctic 30

Feature Story | 14 October, 2013 at 11:53

Greenpeace International executive director Kumi Naidoo has written to President Vladimir Putin offering to travel to Moscow as early as possible to meet with the Russian President, in an effort to end the continued incarceration of 28 peaceful...

Don’t believe the hype – hooliganism is hardly better than piracy

Feature Story | 25 October, 2013 at 16:39

Russian authorities have offered the Arctic 30 — currently being held in a freezing jail in Murmansk — what looked like a legal olive branch by dropping piracy charges and replacing them with ones of "hooliganism."

30 things you can do for the Arctic 30

Feature Story | 28 October, 2013 at 16:45

Here are 30 ways that you can help the Arctic 30, who currently detained in Russia for a peaceful action taken against the Prirazlomnaya oil rig in September 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

Thousands join Global Day of Solidarity for the Arctic 30

Feature Story | 8 October, 2013 at 13:38

From Bali to Helsinki, Sydney to London and all places in between, supporters of the Arctic 30 took to the streets to peacefully demonstrate outside Russian embassies and iconic locations around the world to demand their release.

Faiza: "The uncertainty is driving me crazy"

Feature Story | 3 October, 2013 at 14:59

"I have no idea how this will end, how long it will take. The uncertainty is driving me crazy," writes Greenpeace Netherlands campaigner Faiza Oulahsen in a letter from her cell in Murmansk, Russia. She writes about her experiences from...

We rebut Gazprom’s absurd claims about the Arctic 30

Standard Page | 9 October, 2013 at 9:11

In a recent news item on the BBC, Artur Akopov, chief of operations on the Prirazlomnaya, made a number of absurd claims about the safety of the peaceful Greenpeace action on the side of Gazprom’s giant oil platform. In a subsequent report, the...

One person stands with the Arctic 30 in Moscow

Feature Story | 30 September, 2013 at 10:34

We have been standing in solidarity with our colleagues from the Arctic Sunrise here in Moscow since September 19th. All day, every day for nine days so far. We stand in a one-person picket near the entrance of the Moscow headquarters of Gazprom...

A passion for conservation is not piracy

Feature Story | 1 October, 2013 at 9:58

Greenpeace activists who travelled to the far north because of a shared conviction about the madness of drilling for oil are now being investigated for piracy. The obvious injustice of the situation has sparked a world-wide wave of peaceful protests.

Protests outside Russian embassies worldwide

Image gallery | 21 September, 2013

Arctic 30 to be held in Russian jail pending piracy investigation

Feature Story | 27 September, 2013 at 8:28

Today in a court in Murmansk, Russia, the Arctic 30 were seen by six judges. No charges were laid, but all 30 are still being detained

LIVE - Latest Updates from the Arctic Sunrise activists

Feature Story | 20 December, 2013 at 6:00

UPDATED: From peaceful action to dramatic seizure: a timeline of events since the Arctic Sunrise took action September 18 (CET).

The video Shell doesn't want you to see

Video | 27 August, 2013 at 21:30

Shell's priceless Grand Prix moment

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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