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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

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Bringing your voice to Ban Ki-moon to save the Arctic

Blog entry by Dr. Neil Hamilton, Senior Political Advisor | September 18, 2014

© Michael Nagle / Greenpeace It has been an awesome summer. Greenpeace has been in the Arctic continuously for months, bearing witness to the extraordinary changes, challenging outrageous attempts to find oil , explaining to...

1000 strong voices taking a powerful stand for the Arctic

Blog entry by Ethan Gilbert | September 16, 2014

This week the International Declaration on the Future of the Arctic has reached a milestone of 1000 influential signatories from all walks of life and all corners of our planet. The document, a ten point charter for environmental...

The Arctic is worth fighting for

Blog entry by Yeb Saño | September 11, 2014

As I witness with my own eyes the sublime and spectacular beauty of the Arctic, I realize that we live on a deeply interconnected planet. What happens all over the world affects this region in seriously profound and intricate ways.

To change everything we need everyone

Blog entry by Sarah Wilbore | September 10, 2014

This month, on September 21st, heads of state are going to New York City for a historic summit on climate change.   This month is our chance to take action. This month is our time to change the course of history by joining...

Why we climb to save the Arctic

Blog entry by Ethan Gilbert | September 9, 2014

As a young child, I loved climbing trees. Above the ground I could see the world below where everything was quiet and my perspective was clear. It was a place to go, where, for a short moment, the world made sense. And making sense...

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