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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Getting creative to Save the Arctic

Blog entry by Natalie Caine | August 7, 2013

The morning of July 27th, 2013 I woke up in Toronto thinking about the Arctic...and water balloons.  I know, it doesn't really sound like the two things are connected and I bet nobody else on the planet has ever woke up thinking about...

Sailing across the Arctic Circle: Greenpeace joins youth movement to defend our future

Blog entry by Shai Naides | August 6, 2013

On the northern coast of Norway, just above the Arctic Circle, lies a small archipelago where big things are happening. The famously scenic Lofoten islands are best known as a cod-rich fishery and eco-tourism destination. But now that...

From donor to activist: Maggie's story

Blog entry by Maggie | July 26, 2013 4 comments

I’m a 63-year-old Greenpeace supporter, and I've been donating to the organization since it first started in the '70’s. I was excited about how a unique organization like Greenpeace would be able to make a difference in our future and...

Hell yeah, I'm scared, but I'm still scaling the Shard to save the Arctic

Blog entry by Victoria Henry | July 11, 2013 2 comments

Victoria, third from the left, with her fellow climbers. With any luck, as you read this I’ll be clinging to the side of the Shard , hundreds of metres up in the sky. But as I write this, with less than a week to...

Loud and Proud for the Arctic

Blog entry by Fawn Edwards | July 9, 2013

Around ten volunteers hit the streets during Toronto Pride last Sunday sporting stylish blue Save the Arctic T-shirts and offering rainbow-coloured polar bear tattoos (temporary, of course!) to young and old alike. Our goal: to spread...

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