Xiaoning ShenIf you think the Arctic has nothing to do with you, then you are wrong.

It took me 30 hours of flying and another 30 hours on the Arctic Sunrise to get here.

That is a lot of travelling – but there is a story unfolding up here on the top of the world that is so important that I had to go and hear it for myself.

This is the first time in my life that I’ve ever seen something like this. Seeing the Arctic sea ice almost made me cry.

This is my 30th year on the planet. And in my lifetime, China has seen significant development. But behind the scenes you will find heavy pollution and environmental damages. At home, I have witnessed how a clean river can become dirty; I have learned of how the precious white-flag dolphin is now almost extinct. These stories show me just how much impact human behavior has on nature.

And now, it’s the Arctic. Over the past 30 years, 75% of the floating ice cap has disappeared. Seeing these figures the oil companies and industrial fishery aren't frightened or shocked - instead they're excited - they can’t wait to do business in this place.

It makes me sad that the Arctic is under threat, since I feel it’s one of the last untouched places of the world.

If you think the Arctic has nothing to do with you, then you are wrong. Does the sea ice melting really have nothing to do with you living thousands miles away, using fossil energy to power the air-conditioner in your house over this summer? Does the sea ice melting really have nothing to do with you, if it brings about even more unstable climate, with droughts and floods?

It does matter, to all of us. I hope by travelling all this way to bear witness, I can tell my story and that you will hear our message.

http://savethearctic.org/