It has been over a month since 28 Greenpeace activists and two freelance journalists were illegally detained in international waters by Russian authorities, following a peaceful protest to stop destructive oil drilling in the Arctic.  That includes two Canadian crew members, Paul Ruzycki and Alexandre Paul.  I know all of their families and friends, their Greenpeace community and millions of people around the world have been thinking of them and sending these prisoners of conscience thoughts of support and solidarity.     

Now, more than ever these heroic individuals need our help.  We need everyone to stand up to defend the Arctic and the necessity of peaceful protest. We're asking supporters and volunteers across Canada to directly support the Arctic 30 from wherever you are. 

Register here as an Arctic Ambassador and receive an Arctic 30 Solidarity Kit, and get started on simple actions you can take in your own community to help #FreeTheArctic30. 

In your Solidarity Kit you’ll be emailed a backgrounder and instructions on how-to organize different projects, as well as receive materials in the mail to assist you.  We're asking volunteers to gather post-cards and petitions for the Russian Ambassador to Canada to #FreeTheArctic30, host your own group or individual vigil to show your solidarity, and participate in an online photo sharing project.  You can do any or all of these!  You'll also receive a phone call from a Greenpeace organizer and support along the way.

For those of you just waiting for a chance to get active and to join a movement for peace and justice – now is the time.  Together, let’s ensure the Arctic 30 has people across Canada in their corner.    

And if you haven’t already, make sure to send a letter to the Russian Embassy in Ottawa. Plus here are 30 other ways you can support the Arctic 30.