Arctic

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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: SavetheArctic.org

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Clyde River tʼaih hah guuvah trʼiinlih.

Blog entry by Ava Lighthody | February 19, 2015

Chuu Choo gwidiʼ Baffin Island gwaʼan, kaiikʼit tsal gwizhit Eneekaiinat jii eenjit trʼigiinkhih, azhik gwaʼan Chuu Choo gwizhit nitsʼoo ijiichʼii tadhaachʼik kʼiigheʼ khaii gaonùu hah gwitrʼit tʼigwidiʼin eenjit aii Eneekaiinat...

ᐃᑲᔪᖅᓱᐃᔪᑦ ᑲᖏᖅᑐᒑᐱᒻᒥᐅᓂᒃ ᐊᒥᓱᕈᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᑐᐃᓇᖅᑐᑦ

Blog entry by Ava Lightbody | February 10, 2015

ᐊᖏᔫᖏᑦᑐᒥ ᓄᓇᓕᒻᒥ ᑎᑭᑕᐅᓴᕋᐃᖏᑦᑐᒥ ᕿᑭᖅᑖᓗᒥ ᓯᔾᔭᖅᐸᓯᐊᓂ ᑲᓇᑕᐅᑉ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑑᓂᖓᓂ, ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓂᐱᖏᑦ ᓴᖏᓪᓕᕙᓪᓕᐊᑐᐃᓐᓇᖅᐳᑦ ᐊᑭᕋᖅᑐᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᓂᐱᖁᖅᑐᔪᒻᒪᕆᖕᓂᒃ ᑐᓴᖅᓴᐅᑎᑦᑎᖃᑕᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᐃᒪᒃᑯᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᕈᑎᓕᖕᓂᒃ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᕐᓂᐊᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᑕᕆᐅᖏᓐᓂᒃ − ᓱᕈᐃᕙᓪᓕᐊᓂᐊᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐹᖅᓯᐅᑎᓂᒃ ᐊᑐᖅᑕᐅᔭᕆᐊᖃᕐᓂᐊᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᐱᓇᓱᖕᓂᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᑕᕆᐅᕐᒦᑦᑐᓂᒃ...

Support Arctic communities organizing against the food crisis

Blog entry by Natalie Caine | February 2, 2015

Arctic communities have been taking action for years to expose the outrageously high food prices that are exacerbating poverty in Canada’s North.  This includes crowd sourced reporting like this Nunavut Food Prices tumblr account...

The Arctic needs your creativity

Blog entry by James Turner | February 2, 2015

Since we launched the Save The Arctic campaign we've seen an amazing amount of creativity and visual design, both from our talented supporters and the people who work here at Greenpeace. But sometimes it's hard to find the right tools...

Another nail in the coffin of Greenlands Arctic oil hunt

Blog entry by Jon Burgwald | January 14, 2015 1 comment

With plummeting oil prices, impacts of Russian sanctions and changing weather patterns, those hunting for Arctic oil have never been under more pressure. Combine that with the growing global resistance and the repeated failures from...

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