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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From the North Pole to Powershift

Blog entry by Kiera-Dawn Kolson | October 8, 2013

Driin gwiinzii chilikut-good day friends... My position as Arctic outreach campaigner for Greenpeace Canada has brought me to many diverse and exciting places over the last year.  From the Arctic Indigenous People’s Conference in...

We rebut Gazprom’s absurd claims about the Arctic 30

Blog entry by Ben Ayliffe | October 8, 2013

In a recent news item on the BBC , Artur Akopov, chief of operations on the Prirazlomnaya, made a number of absurd claims about the safety of the peaceful Greenpeace action on the side of Gazprom’s giant oil platform. In a ...

Stand up for the Arctic 30

Blog entry by Alex Speers-Roesch | October 4, 2013

The news this past week for the Arctic 30 --the 30 people aboard the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise when it was illegally seized in international waters by armed Russian authorities--has been grim. All 30 have been charged with piracy...

Woodland caribou aren’t the only ones in trouble!

Blog entry by Catharine Grant, Forest Campaigner | October 3, 2013

Not only are woodland caribou in serious trouble due to habitat loss, but biologists at Penn State University are sounding the alarm bell over arctic caribou populations, affected by climate change.  Because of warmer springs, plants...

What you can do to help #FreeTheArctic30

Blog entry by Sarah Wilbore | October 2, 2013

On September 19th, 28 Greenpeace International activists and two freelance photojournalists were arrested under armed guard in international waters after a peaceful protest against Arctic oil drilling. They are now being detained in...

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