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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A powerful vote for free speech - thanks to Shell

Blog entry by Daniel Simons | December 7, 2012

As a Greenpeace lawyer, people often ask me whether I don't feel hopeless, seeing how wealthy polluters can adjust laws to serve their needs. But a recent ruling makes me optimistic that might isn’t always right. On a frigid...

An Urgent Call to President Putin to defend the rights of the Indigenous Peoples of...

Blog entry by Jon Burgwald | November 14, 2012 1 comment

We’re hearing outrageously troubling news from Russia today: an ally in the struggle to protect the Arctic and the largest association of Indigenous Peoples of Russia has been ordered by the Russian government to close its doors. ...

Guess who Shell thinks is a major 'challenge' to their Arctic plans? You.

Blog entry by James Turner | November 7, 2012 1 comment

We found more proof that Shell is getting seriously worried about our new movement to save the Arctic. Last month in Brussels Shell’s senior Arctic advisor, Robert Blaauw, presented the company’s plans at a conference called "Arctic...

Want to experience climate change ? Visit the North…

Blog entry by Kiera Kolson | October 31, 2012 3 comments

You may think  the Arctic is mostly unpopulated, given that in some areas you could travel for weeks without seeing a soul. But the staggering increase of the world’s population is putting a lot of pressure on the pristine ice, lands...

Radiohead, the Arctic, and Me

Blog entry by Patrick Bonin | October 19, 2012 3 comments

I can still remember the first Radiohead song that burrowed its way into my brain: “Creep,” their début single, released in 1992. Good times! The world was changing. The Berlin Wall had just been toppled. The Rio Earth Summit, with the...

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