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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 activists board oil platform in Russian Arctic

Feature story | August 24, 2012 at 8:00

Early this morning a team of Greenpeace activists including Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo and Canadian activist Terry Christenson boarded energy giant Gazprom’s Arctic oil platform Prirazlomnaya off the North-eastern...

The end of nature?

Blog entry by Jon Burgwald | August 20, 2012

It isn’t the first time I’ve been to Usinsk in the very north of Russia, so I shouldn’t be surprised — but once again, I’m shocked. I was here for the first time back in May, where I, together with my colleagues from Greenpeace in...

Save the Arctic Flashmobs Toronto

Blog entry by Sarah Munsch | July 26, 2012

Greenpeace volunteers took a creative twist to Greenpeace's "Save the Arctic" campaign last weekend, by organizing a Flashmob across Toronto. After making a dance routine to the song "Hot hot hot" and getting some beach gear on,...

It’s not often you can say that you made history

Blog entry by Sarah Shoraka, Greenpeace International | July 24, 2012

This week, people like you and me, all around the world, stood up to #tellshell – no. We don’t have as much money as Shell but we do have courage and creativity on our side and with a million people already signed up to our scroll to...

Come together, to save the Arctic

Blog entry by Sir Paul McCartney | July 23, 2012 3 comments

1968. That was a hell of a year. The people were on the streets, revolution
 was in the air, we released the White Album, and perhaps the most
 influential photograph of all time was taken by an astronaut called William

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