Save The Arctic

Welcome to the Arctic Campaign at Greenpeace Russia! Through this campaign, we hope to protect the Arctic regions from environmental degradation. Formally shared between Norway, Russia, U.S., Canada, and Denmark, the present day Arctic is caught in the crossfire of many different political agendas. Meanwhile, this fragile region is important for the climate of the whole world.  In the long-run, our aim is to create a global sanctuary in the Arctic, free from the political and destructive interests of industry.

Polar Bears on Arctic Sea Ice
© Greenpeace / Alex Yallop

Tragically, the Arctic region’s brutal natural force and harsh weather conditions belie its fragility. This area of the planet is subject to more change from global warming than anywhere else on the planet and its ecosystems are under strain on account of this. Nevertheless, companies are moving ahead with ambitious plans to exploit the lands and waters of the Arctic, and often without sufficient contingency plans in place should accidents occur.

With the Russian Arctic stretching for more than 4000 miles and largely inaccessible, this coastline is one of the most pristine Arctic environments on the planet. However, the melting of ice in the world’s northern latitudes is opening up the Arctic to exploitation, especially to shipping and natural resource extraction. This is extremely risky business, and carries with it the threat of habitat destruction and increased climate change. 

As well as being home to many indigenous communities, the region is home to hundreds of species of seabirds, millions of migratory birds, many species of whale, as well as polar bears and Arctic foxes. It is one of the last truly wild habitats on Earth.

And yet it is under threat from industrialisation and exploitation by big businesses that seem hell-bent on profiteering at any cost.

With such a large containment of the region under Russian jurisdiction, Russia must become a leading voice in Arctic conservation if the area is to be saved. The waters and ice of the region not only support large numbers of people and wildlife, but also stabilise the global climate. It is time to end complacency in the Far North and to start protecting one of the world’s last unspoiled regions.

The latest updates

 

Russian deputies making fun of environmental standards

Feature story | 23 June, 2014 at 16:21

Russia is famous for its wonderful nature, rich natural resources… And for low environmental standards that more and more often fail to protect this nature from aggressive rush for these resources.

Indigenous Komi people decide to kick Lukoil out of their lands

Feature story | 3 April, 2014 at 14:22 2 comments

Residents from 13 different villages in the Izhma district of the Komi region gathered at a public meeting to discuss recent environmental problems caused by Lukoil, the primary oil company operating in this subarctic area. The result of the...

Gazprom, Rosneft and other Russian oil majors to extract hydrocarbons inside...

Feature story | 25 March, 2014 at 16:59

Using GIS technology Greenpeace Russia has revealed that the Russian Federal Agency on Subsoil Use (Rosnedra) has systematically issued licenses for oil and gas exploration and production overlapping with federally protected areas - in direct...

Activists scale ExxonMobil rig on 25th Anniversary of Exxon Valdez

Feature story | 24 March, 2014 at 15:34

Ølen, Norway 24 March 2014, – Today, on the 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska, Greenpeace climbers scaled an ExxonMobil rig destined to drill in the Russian Arctic. The activists are calling for a ban on offshore oil...

Gazprom is trying to conceal its oil catastrophe in Siberia

Feature story | 21 January, 2014 at 16:36

Greenpeace Russia has appealed to the Russian Prosecutors office urging an investigation into possible collusion between Gazprom and supervising authorities aimed to conceal the scale of oil spills in the Tomsk region, Siberia.

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