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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:

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Greenpeace, the Yes Men and the inside story of #ShellFail

Blog entry by EoinD | June 11, 2012

Last Thursday somebody on Youtube called "kstr3l" posted a video from his phone of a Shell PR event gone horribly, hilariously wrong. By Friday afternoon it had already been watched 500,000 times, and was making the rounds with the...

Russia’s oil leaks – a forgotten disaster

Blog entry by Jon Burgwald | May 22, 2012

It’s late in the evening, but the sun has not yet settled here in Usinsk in the northernmost part of Russia where my Russian colleague and I arrived in a storming blizzard a few days ago. Located just at the border of the Arctic,...

Shell: Dear Greenpeace, we know where you live...

Blog entry by Diego Creimer | May 17, 2012

Yesterday morning, staff at Greenpeace Germany received an important-looking letter from Shell - well, Shell’s Legal Services department. Over the next 24 hours or so, identical letters arrived at other Greenpeace offices, ...

Greenpeace stops Shell's ice breaker... four times!

Blog entry by Diego Creimer, Public Relations & Media Officer | May 15, 2012

On May 1st, Greenpeace activists from 13 different countries took part in a large scale action to block and slow down the progress of an ice breaker contracted to Shell, as it began its progress from Finland to Alaska, from where it...

International Polar Year Conference

Blog entry by Yossi Cadan | May 1, 2012

It’s Friday and I am on the train back from Montreal after spending a week in the IPY conference (International Polar Year) 2012. This conference hosted around 3000 participants from around the world, the majority being scientists from...

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