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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

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3 things to know about the US-Canada climate agreement

Blog entry by John Deans | March 14, 2016

President Obama's first hang-out with the new Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau started off with a pretty chill subject: the Arctic. In a  “Joint Statement on Climate, Energy, and Arctic Leadership” , President Barack...

Indigenous Peoples of northern Russia in the fight against Big Oil

Blog entry by Elena Sakirko and Konstantin Fomin | February 25, 2016

This month the fate of a Russian jewel will be decided in a small town in Western Siberia. The town is Beloyarsky and the jewel is the Numto nature preserve. The oil company Surgutneftegas already extracts oil from the park but now...

Inuit community takes Arctic drilling battle to Supreme Court of Canada

Blog entry by Farrah Khan, Arctic Campaigner | October 22, 2015 1 comment

“Supreme and total precedent” — that's what Clyde River's counsel said a favourable Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ruling could mean for Indigenous communities across Canada. It would uphold — at Canada’s highest court — Indigenous...

Clyde River fights oil and reaches for the Arctic sun

Blog entry by Jessica Wilson and Farrah Khan | October 6, 2015

Late last month, we set off on a journey to Clyde River, Nunavut , after an inspiring and eventful fifteen months of supporting their fight against dangerous oil exploration in Baffin Bay and Davis Strait. The community is still...

OMFG Arctic Victory FTW

Blog entry by Alex Speers-Roesch | October 1, 2015

Holy s%*#T. You did it.   Do you want to know what victory tastes like? Sweet, sweet triumph ? Of course you do. Just Google “Shell” and “Arctic” right now, and you’ll get a delicious taste. You’ll see phrases like...

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