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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Audrey Vs The Machine

Video | June 18, 2015 at 9:35

June 17 2015, Pacific Ocean: Audrey Siegl, a Musqueam woman from British Columbia, Canada, who is also a renowned public speaker, stands in a Greenpeace rhib launched from the MY Esperanza holding her arm out in front her, defiantly signalling...

Audrey Siegl on board Inflatable Launched towards Shell - Pacific Coast of Canada

Image | June 17, 2015 at 11:49

Greenpeace inflatables, with First Nations activist Audrey Siegl on board, now directly in front of Shell drill vessel

Inflatables Launched Towards Shell - Pacific Coast of Canada

Image | June 17, 2015 at 11:45

Greenpeace inflatables, with First Nations activist Audrey Siegl on board, now directly in front of Shell drill vessel

People Vs Oil - Toast The Coast - Jericho Beach, July13

Video | June 15, 2015 at 11:27

A beach-side celebration of our beautiful coastline that took place on June 13, with live music, incredible participatory art, and fun games and activities! Toast the Coast and send a message to Stephen Harper that people — not oil — belong on...

We Are Ready

Video | June 8, 2015 at 17:28

Shell is about to move its drilling fleet to Alaska, and risk new catastrophic oil spills in the Arctic and in our coasts. Right now, most of its vessels are in Seattle, where kayaktivists and ordinary people have protested them for weeks.

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