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

 

LEGO putting cash before kids, says Greenpeace as it kicks off global campaign

Feature story | July 1, 2014 at 7:30

Greenpeace has launched a major new global campaign targeting the world’s biggest toy company, LEGO. The campaign will mobilize more than 5 million Arctic defenders and thousands of activists to take creative action in six continents as part of...

Our Arctic Sunrise is coming home

Blog entry by Ben Ayliffe | June 6, 2014

Earlier this morning we had a remarkable phone call from Murmansk. It was from the team of lawyers representing Greenpeace International telling us that the Russian Investigative Committee (IC) had decided to release the Arctic...

It’s World Environment Day: Protect the Arctic

Blog entry by Alex Speers-Roesch | June 5, 2014

Today is World Environment Day, and to celebrate Greenpeace was in Ottawa this morning to deliver a message to Prime Minister Harper: protect the Arctic now! A recent poll of Canadians commissioned by Greenpeace found that 80% of...

Help us turn people power into real-world results!

Blog entry by Farrah Khan | May 20, 2014

Despite our best efforts, and the support of over 5 million people like you around the world, we've been unable to stop arctic drilling. The first shipment of oil from the Arctic's icy waters made it's way to Rotterdam, and I was...

Greenpeace activists intercept first shipment of Arctic offshore oil

Blog entry by Farrah Khan, Arctic Campaigner | May 1, 2014

As social beings, we often celebrate our firsts: first step, first word, first day of college are typically shared and applauded with loved ones. But some firsts are more a cause for head-shakes than hi-fives, as is the case with the...

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