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

The latest updates

 

Greenpeace turns 46! Here’s what we have to celebrate

Blog entry by Jesse Firempong | September 15, 2017

That’s right. It’s Greenpeace’s 46th birthday!  We may be another year older, but we’re also stronger and wiser. We’ve come a long way since 1971, when on this day, a small group of courageous people set off to stop nuclear...

Clyde River wins case at the Supreme Court of Canada!

Blog entry by Farrah Khan | July 26, 2017

They did it! Clyde River Inuit have WON their case at the Supreme Court of Canada. Former mayor and community leader from Clyde River Jerry Natanine stands with: Clyde River's legal council Nader Hasan, Greenpeace...

Seismic cannons won’t blast Arctic waters this year, but Clyde River Inuit await...

Blog entry by Farrah Khan | March 3, 2017

News just broke that oil exploration companies will not conduct seismic blasting in Baffin Bay and Davis Strait this summer. Residents of Baffin Island — including Clyde River — and all the unique marine life calling these waters home...

You did it! Big win for the Arctic

Blog entry by Alex Speers-Roesch | December 22, 2016

Well, here’s some amazing news to help close out this rollercoaster of a year: the Canadian government has announced a moratorium on all new oil and gas projects in Canadian Arctic waters for the next five years, and the US...

You did it! Big win for the Arctic

Blog entry by Alex Speers-Roesch | December 22, 2016

Well, here’s some amazing news to help close out this rollercoaster of a year: the Canadian government has announced a moratorium on all new oil and gas projects in Canadian Arctic waters for the next five years, and the US...

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