This December, as you celebrate holidays and the turning of the New Year with those you love, we ask you to share some of that love with the Arctic and your gratitude for the Arctic 30. These brave people went to the Arctic in September to expose Arctic oil drilling for the world to see and have inspired millions of people with their strength and courage.

We've only just found out that the Arctic 30 have been granted amnesty by the Russian Parliament. We’re relieved, but we’re not celebrating. The Arctic 30 spent two months in jail for a crime they didn't commit. The charges should never have been brought in the first place. They may soon be truly free, but there’s no amnesty for the Arctic. They may soon be home, but the Arctic remains a fragile global treasure under assault by oil companies and the rising temperatures they’re driving.

Join us and send messages of love to the Arctic, and solidarity and gratitude to the Arctic 30:

1.  Take a holiday portrait and have your photo added to Greenpeace’s Holiday Love photo gallery!

While you’re with your friends and family in the coming weeks, make a sign to send a personal message of love and appreciation for the wondrous Arctic and the courageous Arctic 30. Take a portrait with those you love, with your message.  Email it to us and we’ll add it to our photo gallery and share it with the Arctic 30.  

Make sure to: 

Email your photo to: .  Include your name, phone number and city/province.  Send your photos no later than Friday January 3rd ** 

Here's the gallery to give you some inspiration and examples:

 

 

2.  Upload your photo to your social media channels and ask your friends to help Save the Arctic 

Share your portrait on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any social media channel you use.  Please use the hashtag #FreeTheArctic30.

Here's an example text you could post with your photo: "Sending love for the Arctic and gratitude for the Arctic 30. Join me and Greenpeace.  http://savethearctic.org/ #FreeTheArctic30".

3.  Donate to Greenpeace so we can continue our campaign to Save the Arctic

Greenpeace is an independent organization; we don’t get money from governments or corporations so that we can speak up for the planet, without fear of losing funds.  But we need you and our donors around the world to continue to support us. 

Please help by donating here.  

To find out more information about the Arctic 30 and threats to the Arctic, please visit these links:

**Note on photo permissions:  By sharing your photo with us, Greenpeace may use the Images freely without any charge, including but not limited to, for promotional and fundraising purposes and in any publication and format in use now and that may be developed in the future. Greenpeace may license the Images freely and at its sole discretion and without remuneration for the Photographer. Photographer agrees that Images can become part of the Greenpeace International image archive, and Greenpeace may allow this archive as a whole to be exploited in a commercial manner, and may also allow the distribution of low-resolution versions for Creative Commons uses.