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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NEW: Arctic Oil Spill Play Set by LEGO & Shell!

Blog entry by Alex Speers-Roesch | July 30, 2014 2 comments

The Greenpeace crew hit the streets of Toronto this past weekend to promote the newest fruit of LEGO’s partnership with Shell: the new Arctic Oil Spill LEGO set! We showed it to people walking down the street, recorded their reactions,...

Are big companies using spurious copyright claims to try to stop our viral film...

Blog entry by James Turner | July 12, 2014

This week we released a short creative film which explores the relationship between Shell and LEGO, the world's most popular toy company. We're calling on LEGO to ditch its co-branding deal with Shell, a company that wants to drill in...

Why is Shell's PR team quietly removing details about its deal with LEGO?

Blog entry by James Turner | July 11, 2014

The internet is a funny thing. Earlier today I innocently posted a link to a video about how valuable Shell's deal with LEGO is. According to @irisworldwide , LEGO's promo deal with Shell is one of the biggest in the company's...

New Video - LEGO: Everything is NOT awesome

Blog entry by Sara Ayech | July 9, 2014

This morning we released a new video asking much-loved toy company LEGO, to ditch its partnership with Shell. The film depicts an Arctic made entirely of LEGO, and imagines an oil spill in this beautiful and pristine part of the...

It’s time for LEGO to block Shell

Blog entry by Greenpeace | July 4, 2014

Imagine you’re eight years old and picture the Arctic. There are no oil rigs, no industrial shipping and no politicians fighting over it. It’s just an endless sparkling expanse of sea and ice, populated by wondrous animals, brave...

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