Arctic

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The Arctic is a treasure of life and beauty, home to millions of people and amazing wildlife.

Approximately 30 different peoples with unique cultures and traditions call the Arctic and subarctic regions “home”. The Indigenous Peoples in the Arctic, many of them Inuit, inhabit the most northern regions of North America, Eurasia and Greenland. Modern times have brought great change to life in the Arctic, but many people still live in very close connection with the land and depend on their natural environment and the Arctic wildlife.

Walruses, narwhals, Arctic foxes, beluga whales and polar bears are among the most iconic animals to be found in the Arctic, and they provide examples of the beauty, uniqueness and diversity of Arctic wildlife. Life in the Arctic forms a complex and delicate ecosystem.

Canada’s Arctic sector covers 1,425,000 square kilometers and is home to many Inuit, First Nations, Dene, Métis and non-Indigenous communities. After Greenland, the Canadian Arctic Archipelago is the world’s largest high-Arctic land area.

What happens in the Arctic also affects the lives of people far away. Arctic ice and snow help regulate our climate by reflecting incoming sunlight back into space, acting like a refrigerator for the planet. Arctic permafrost stores massive amounts of carbon, and as it thaws this carbon gets released and threatens to push global warming completely out of control. Melting Arctic ice on land raises global sea levels and could drown coastal communities and small island nations. The Arctic also influences weather patterns for the northern hemisphere.

Rising temperatures caused by climate change are rapidly altering the face of the Arctic, bringing new risks and big challenges for the environment and wildlife, as well as for people in the Arctic and all around the world.

Greenpeace has mobilized over seven million people to take a stand and help ensure the protection desperately needed at the top of the world. To add your voice sign the petition at SavetheArctic.org

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Six volunteers scale Shell's oil rig.

Blog entry by Haley Rabic | April 8, 2015 1 comment

Yesterday morning things changed drastically for six volunteers aboard the Greenpeace ship the Esperanza.  They boarded Shell’s oil rig, the Polar Pioneer, on the high seas of the Pacific Ocean. The volunteers, Aliyah, Zoe, Johno,...

Shell's profit comes at our expense

Blog entry by Isadora Wronski | April 6, 2015

Climate science has made it clear that Arctic oil needs to stay in the ground if we want to avoid the worst impacts from global climate change. We know it and we also know that Shell knows it too. A ships next to a controlled burn...

Ottawa's Seedy Saturday: Growing a Greener World

Blog entry by Dave Beddoe | March 10, 2015

Not all food is ecologically equal; some methods of farming add substantially to the carbon overload in the atmosphere, while others sequester carbon in the living soil, mitigating global warming. That's why the Greenpeace...

Clyde River tʼaih hah guuvah trʼiinlih.

Blog entry by Ava Lighthody | February 19, 2015

Chuu Choo gwidiʼ Baffin Island gwaʼan, kaiikʼit tsal gwizhit Eneekaiinat jii eenjit trʼigiinkhih, azhik gwaʼan Chuu Choo gwizhit nitsʼoo ijiichʼii tadhaachʼik kʼiigheʼ khaii gaonùu hah gwitrʼit tʼigwidiʼin eenjit aii Eneekaiinat...

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Blog entry by Ava Lightbody | February 10, 2015

ᐊᖏᔫᖏᑦᑐᒥ ᓄᓇᓕᒻᒥ ᑎᑭᑕᐅᓴᕋᐃᖏᑦᑐᒥ ᕿᑭᖅᑖᓗᒥ ᓯᔾᔭᖅᐸᓯᐊᓂ ᑲᓇᑕᐅᑉ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑑᓂᖓᓂ, ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓂᐱᖏᑦ ᓴᖏᓪᓕᕙᓪᓕᐊᑐᐃᓐᓇᖅᐳᑦ ᐊᑭᕋᖅᑐᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᓂᐱᖁᖅᑐᔪᒻᒪᕆᖕᓂᒃ ᑐᓴᖅᓴᐅᑎᑦᑎᖃᑕᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᐃᒪᒃᑯᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᕈᑎᓕᖕᓂᒃ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᕐᓂᐊᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᑕᕆᐅᖏᓐᓂᒃ − ᓱᕈᐃᕙᓪᓕᐊᓂᐊᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐹᖅᓯᐅᑎᓂᒃ ᐊᑐᖅᑕᐅᔭᕆᐊᖃᕐᓂᐊᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᐱᓇᓱᖕᓂᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᑕᕆᐅᕐᒦᑦᑐᓂᒃ...

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