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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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...

Inuit community battles Big Oil to save prime Narwhal habitat

Blog entry by Farrah Khan | November 6, 2014

The Canadian government and the National Energy Board have permitted a five year oil exploration project in Baffin Bay and Davis Strait. These waters are in Canada’s Arctic – right off Clyde River’s coast and where 80-90 per cent of...

Starting my Greenpeace journey: Ice Ride 2014

Blog entry by Sara Prut | October 30, 2014

This September I kicked off my journey at Greenpeace as an intern with the Volunteer department and one of the first tasks I was assigned was co-organizing Greenpeace Toronto’s Ice Ride which took place on October 4th, 2014. Over 20...

How LEGO got awesome to #SaveTheArctic

Blog entry by Ian Duff | October 9, 2014

Today we got the awesome news: after a three-month campaign supported by more than a million people worldwide, LEGO has announced it will  not  renew its contract with Arctic destroyer Shell. This is fantastic news for LEGO fans and...

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