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

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Are You Raising an Activist?

Blog entry by aspa tzaras | September 10, 2013

I am back at work after 13 months away on parental leave.  As a new working mom, I am quickly learning how to balance my time as a parent, activist and artist.  My time off with my new babe was a wonderful time. I sometimes refer to it...

Save the Arctic Toonie Sticker

Blog entry by Alex Speers-Roesch | September 9, 2013

Inspired by the Dogwood Initiative’s brilliant ‘No Tankers’ loonie sticker , Greenpeace has created a ‘Save the Arctic’ toonie sticker! The polar bear is a symbol of the Arctic and the North, and on a normal toonie you can see an...

Harper’s Destructive Arctic Legacy

Blog entry by Farrah Khan, Arctic Campaigner | September 4, 2013

© Jason Ransom / PMO Making frequent appearances in news stories of Stephen Harper’s annual trip to the north last month was the word "legacy." For some time now, journalists and political junkies have been eyeing Harper’s northern...

YouTube takes down Greenpeace Shell video

Blog entry by Brian Fitzgerald | August 27, 2013 4 comments

The video of our rather hilarious hijack of Sunday's Shell-sponsored Formula 1 ceremony has been pulled by YouTube following a "Copyright" (AKA "Embarrassment") complaint. While the take down appears to have been ordered by the Formula...

Defending the Arctic even as Russia threatens to use force

Blog entry by Dima Litvinov | August 26, 2013 16 comments

In the frigid waters of the Kara Sea, north of Russia, far away from the glare of public scrutiny, oil giants Rosneft and ExxonMobil are exploring the offshore Arctic and the Russian Coast Guard threatened to fire on a Greenpeace ship...

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