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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Warming up for the North Pole, keeping a promise we made

Blog entry by Iris Andrews | April 3, 2013 3 comments

Last June, as we launched our campaign to  save the Arctic , we made a promise. We promised that if a million joined our movement, we would take their names to the North Pole and plant them on the seabed 4km beneath the ice as...

Wanted: Polar explorers. No experience required.

Blog entry by James Turner | March 27, 2013

In just over two weeks I will be standing on the frozen Arctic ocean, preparing to ski to the North Pole. I'll be wearing four layers of fleece and a special hat that someone knitted for me. In my pockets I'll carry some almond...

Flying high in the icy Arctic wonderland

Blog entry by Kari Reller* | March 26, 2013

Once you find inspiration, a splash of color will fill you up with the energy to make a change. The four walls around you feel less binding because you now realize you have a window leading to an outside world full of indescribable...

Latest score: Arctic 2 - Oil industry 0!

Blog entry by Truls Gulowsen | March 8, 2013

Shell’s spectacular series of mishaps in Alaska has definitely not been going down unnoticed in the oil industry. The Norwegian state-owned oil company Statoil is slowing down plans to drill for oil in US Arctic waters after Shell’s...

What does the giant Arctic camel tell us about climate change?

Blog entry by Ben Ayliffe | March 7, 2013

In my line of work the chances to flex my paleontological muscles are few and far between, which is why the news from scientists that they’ve discovered the remains of a giant camel that lived in Canada’s high Arctic millions of...

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