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

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My journey to the North Pole

Blog entry by Kiera Kolson | April 25, 2013

My knees are trembling. My arms are aching. My mind is racing and I’m exhausted. Right now, I would so welcome the warm embrace of a steaming bath. But, on my skis, dragging a sled about 100km from the North Pole, I am very far...

10,000 declare their Arctic love for Earth Day

Blog entry by Natalie Caine, Volunteer Program Coordinator | April 24, 2013

In the last few days more than 10,000 people came together across the globe to take a stand for the Arctic and to mark Earth Day 2013.  As climate change dramatically melts Arctic sea ice and sea levels rise, we’re reminded that the ...

On top of the world, a ceremony for millions

Blog entry by Jess Wilson | April 15, 2013 6 comments

Something incredible happened yesterday. Our  four young explorers  on a mission with Greenpeace have planted a flag on the seabed beneath the North Pole, at the same spot where a submarine planted a Russian flag claiming the Arctic...

At the North Pole, A New World

Blog entry by James Turner | April 11, 2013 1 comment

I'm writing this inside a small yellow tent on the frozen Arctic Ocean, while shoveling snow into a kettle. I'm on my way to the North Pole with a   group of young people   to declare it protected and call for a sanctuary there.

Declaring the Arctic a global sanctuary

Blog entry by Aaron Gray-Block | April 9, 2013

On skis across the ice, towing their packs and equipment on sleighs during a week-long expedition to reach the geographic North Pole, a team of 16 campaigners are braving the remoteness of the Arctic to declare it a global sanctuary.

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