Arctic

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The Arctic is a treasure of life and beauty, home to millions of people and amazing wildlife.

Approximately 30 different peoples with unique cultures and traditions call the Arctic and subarctic regions “home”. The Indigenous Peoples in the Arctic, many of them Inuit, inhabit the most northern regions of North America, Eurasia and Greenland. Modern times have brought great change to life in the Arctic, but many people still live in very close connection with the land and depend on their natural environment and the Arctic wildlife.

Walruses, narwhals, Arctic foxes, beluga whales and polar bears are among the most iconic animals to be found in the Arctic, and they provide examples of the beauty, uniqueness and diversity of Arctic wildlife. Life in the Arctic forms a complex and delicate 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.

What happens in the Arctic also affects the lives of people far away. Arctic ice and snow help regulate our climate by reflecting incoming sunlight back into space, acting like a refrigerator for the planet. Arctic permafrost stores massive amounts of carbon, and as it thaws this carbon gets released and threatens to push global warming completely out of control. Melting Arctic ice on land raises global sea levels and could drown coastal communities and small island nations. The Arctic also influences weather patterns for the northern hemisphere.

Rising temperatures caused by climate change are rapidly altering 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 seven million people to take a stand and help ensure the protection desperately needed at the top of the world. To add your voice sign the petition at SavetheArctic.org

The latest updates

 

Stand up for the Arctic 30

Blog entry by Alex Speers-Roesch | October 4, 2013

The news this past week for the Arctic 30 --the 30 people aboard the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise when it was illegally seized in international waters by armed Russian authorities--has been grim. All 30 have been charged with piracy...

Woodland caribou aren’t the only ones in trouble!

Blog entry by Catharine Grant, Forest Campaigner | October 3, 2013

Not only are woodland caribou in serious trouble due to habitat loss, but biologists at Penn State University are sounding the alarm bell over arctic caribou populations, affected by climate change.  Because of warmer springs, plants...

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? ...

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