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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Clyde River fights oil and reaches for the Arctic sun

Blog entry by Jessica Wilson and Farrah Khan | October 6, 2015

Late last month, we set off on a journey to Clyde River, Nunavut , after an inspiring and eventful fifteen months of supporting their fight against dangerous oil exploration in Baffin Bay and Davis Strait. The community is still...

OMFG Arctic Victory FTW

Blog entry by Alex Speers-Roesch | October 1, 2015

Holy s%*#T. You did it.   Do you want to know what victory tastes like? Sweet, sweet triumph ? Of course you do. Just Google “Shell” and “Arctic” right now, and you’ll get a delicious taste. You’ll see phrases like...

5 Ways Seismic Blasting Threatens Whales

Blog entry by Farrah Khan, Arctic Campaigner | August 27, 2015 1 comment

We don’t have to look very far back in history to find proof of why offshore oil drilling is a dangerous endeavour. The BP oil blowout and  the Exxon-Valdez spill both left surrounding regions devastated and neither company was able to...

Stop Shell from being allowed to spill oil off the coast of Nova Scotia for up to...

Blog entry by Mark Brooks | August 13, 2015

Proving once again that the Harper government is more than happy to do the bidding of oil companies in Canada, federal Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq recently agreed to allow Shell up to 21 days to cap a blow out from an oil well ...

Stop Shell Canada and Harper from dumping a known toxic chemical in our oceans!

Blog entry by Mark Brooks, Arctic Campaigner | July 30, 2015 1 comment

ACT: Oil spills in the ocean are toxic enough, adding COREXIT makes it  52 times more toxic .  Click here to email Environment Canada today  and ask them to ban COREXIT.  In yet another case of the Harper government ignoring...

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