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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Loud and Proud for the Arctic

Blog entry by Fawn Edwards | July 9, 2013

Around ten volunteers hit the streets during Toronto Pride last Sunday sporting stylish blue Save the Arctic T-shirts and offering rainbow-coloured polar bear tattoos (temporary, of course!) to young and old alike. Our goal: to spread...

Save the Arctic from Shell and its Russian friends

Blog entry by Diego Creimer | July 2, 2013

The Arctic is once again under attack from oil companies. Over the past year we’ve seen just how reckless Arctic drilling is. Shell, one of the world’s biggest and most powerful corporations, has been leading the charge but a...

President Unveils "Obama Climate Pollution Test" for Future Energy Projects

Blog entry by Phil Radford | June 25, 2013 1 comment

Phil Radford is the Executive Director of Greenpeace USA Today, in  his speech  at Georgetown University, President Obama challenged us to answer the essential question for every future energy policy decision we face - what will...

Arctic Love Beats On

Blog entry by Mary Lovell | June 20, 2013

Volunteer Reflections from “I Heart Arctic” This past April to mark Earth Day, Greenpeace mobilized thousands of people around the world for a global day of action for the Arctic.  As a Greenpeace volunteer in Vancouver I’ve...

Russian Indigenous communities clean up Rusvietpetro’s oil spill as company does nothing

Blog entry by Laura Kenyon, Greenpeace International | June 4, 2013

On May 26, oil began flowing down the Kolva River through Komi Indigenous land in Northern Russia. For a week now the oil has been coating the river and building up on the banks, with no reaction from Rusvietpetro, the joint venture...

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