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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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...

Save the Arctic from Shell and its Russian friends

Blog entry by Diego Creimer | July 2, 2013

The Arctic is once again under attack from oil companies. Over the past year we’ve seen just how reckless Arctic drilling is. Shell, one of the world’s biggest and most powerful corporations, has been leading the charge but a...

President Unveils "Obama Climate Pollution Test" for Future Energy Projects

Blog entry by Phil Radford | June 25, 2013 1 comment

Phil Radford is the Executive Director of Greenpeace USA Today, in  his speech  at Georgetown University, President Obama challenged us to answer the essential question for every future energy policy decision we face - what will...

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