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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Arctic Council Meeting

Image | March 25, 2014 at 16:00

Senior Arctic Officials meeting under Canada's chairmanship, concerned Northerners along with Greenpeace activists displayed crowd-sourced messages outside the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories as delegates arrived to discuss the...

The Arctic 30 Return Home

Image gallery | December 30, 2013

Arctic 30 members released on bail - joyful moments in Saint Petersburg

Video | November 22, 2013 at 15:30

Compilation featuring the emotional moments experienced by those members of the Arctic 30 who have this week been granted bail and released from prison in Saint Petersburg.

Arctic 30 Banner in Montreal

Image | November 20, 2013 at 10:30

Three Greenpeace Canada activists unfurl a banner reading (in French): 'Free Our Activists' on Montreal’s iconic Biosphère. Calling on the Russian authorities to free the Arctic 30 who remain in jail following a peaceful protest near an Arctic...

'Two Months of Injustice' Global Day of Solidarity in Toronto

Image | November 16, 2013 at 12:00

Greenpeace activists protest in support of the Arctic 30 at Winter Fest with a handcuffed 'peace dove' on stilts at Yonge and Dundas square in Toronto. At events in 265 cities in 43 countries thousands of people take part in a day of solidarity...

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