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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On top of the world, a ceremony for millions

Blog entry by Jess Wilson | April 15, 2013 6 comments

Something incredible happened yesterday. Our  four young explorers  on a mission with Greenpeace have planted a flag on the seabed beneath the North Pole, at the same spot where a submarine planted a Russian flag claiming the Arctic...

At the North Pole, A New World

Blog entry by James Turner | April 11, 2013 1 comment

I'm writing this inside a small yellow tent on the frozen Arctic Ocean, while shoveling snow into a kettle. I'm on my way to the North Pole with a   group of young people   to declare it protected and call for a sanctuary there.

Declaring the Arctic a global sanctuary

Blog entry by Aaron Gray-Block | April 9, 2013

On skis across the ice, towing their packs and equipment on sleighs during a week-long expedition to reach the geographic North Pole, a team of 16 campaigners are braving the remoteness of the Arctic to declare it a global sanctuary.

In Pod We Trust

Blog entry by Jess Wilson | April 7, 2013

Every couple of months, something bizarre happens at work that convinces me I must have one of the strangest jobs on the planet. And these moments often come in the form of a question. Questions like, “Did One Direction’s tweet...

Team Aurora rides North

Blog entry by Anna Jones | April 5, 2013

I've just said goodbye to Team Aurora at Svalbard. Feeling like I might burst with love, respect and awe for them. For these last few months and days I've had the honour and privilege to help prepare with Renny, Kiera, Josefina, Ezra...

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