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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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.

In Pod We Trust

Blog entry by Jess Wilson | April 7, 2013

Every couple of months, something bizarre happens at work that convinces me I must have one of the strangest jobs on the planet. And these moments often come in the form of a question. Questions like, “Did One Direction’s tweet...

Team Aurora rides North

Blog entry by Anna Jones | April 5, 2013

I've just said goodbye to Team Aurora at Svalbard. Feeling like I might burst with love, respect and awe for them. For these last few months and days I've had the honour and privilege to help prepare with Renny, Kiera, Josefina, Ezra...

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...

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