Arctic

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What at the first glance looks like a cold and barren north is really a treasure of life and beauty, home to people and amazing wildlife.

The Arctic and subarctic regions are home to approximately 30 different peoples with unique cultures and traditions. The Indigenous Peoples in the Arctic, many of them called Inuit, inhabit the most northern regions of North America, Asia and Greenland. Although modern times have changed the everyday life in the Arctic, people in the region still live in very close connection with and depend on their natural environment and the Arctic wildlife.

Walruses, narwhals and polar bears are possibly the most iconic animals to be found in the Arctic, and they provide examples of how beautiful, unique and diverse the Arctic wildlife is. Life in the Arctic forms a complex and sensitive 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.

But the Arctic is not only home to people and wildlife. It affects the lives of many even far away. By regulating our climate and reflecting much of the sunlight back into space, the Arctic acts like a refrigerator for the northern hemisphere and strongly influences weather patterns all around the world.

Rising temperatures caused by climate change rapidly alter 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 five million people to take a stand and help ensure the protection this frozen treasure so desperately needs. For more information: SavetheArctic.org

The latest updates

 

What you can do to help #FreeTheArctic30

Blog entry by Sarah Wilbore | October 2, 2013

On September 19th, 28 Greenpeace International activists and two freelance photojournalists were arrested under armed guard in international waters after a peaceful protest against Arctic oil drilling. They are now being detained in...

9 disturbing signs pointing to a catastrophic oil spill in the Arctic

Blog entry by Cassady Sharp | September 24, 2013

Gazprom may not be as familiar to you as BP or Exxon, but they’re just as capable of making history with a catastrophic oil spill. The Russian oil giant is the first company to start oil production in the Arctic after their failed...

Q&A: Gazprom and the Arctic

Blog entry by Damian Kahya | September 23, 2013 1 comment

License: All rights reserved. Credit: Greenpeace The fight over the Arctic's oil and gas reserves has intensified - but what is actually going on? We've put together a short Q&A. What's happened? ...

The story so far in 29 tweets - Russian Coast Guard illegally boards Greenpeace ship

Blog entry by damiankahya | September 20, 2013

The story so far in 29 tweets - Russian Coast Guard illegally boards Greenpeace ship All rights reserved . Credit: Greenpeace Peaceful activists have been detained along with our...

Every act of peaceful rebellion adds up

Blog entry by Kumi Naidoo | September 18, 2013

I woke up at the crack of dawn this morning with my stomach in knots as I scrambled to check my twitter feed and email. It was five a.m. but I was wide awake; physically in Amsterdam but my heart in Russia where I knew that five of...

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