On April 20, 2013, more than ten thousand people came together all across the globe to take a stand for the Arctic. Organisers hosted human banners in the shape of a heart, spelling out 'I Love Arctic', in more than 280 cities in 38 countries from Chile to New Zealand and from Norway to South Africa. These organisers made happen, what is the largest manifestation for Arctic protection in history.
Now it is up to our political leaders, and especially to the leaders of the Arctic Council,to listen to the public demand for Arctic protection and leave the Arctic off limits for oil exploration and destructive industrial fishing.
We at Greenpeace will present these demands together with all the I Love Arctic photos from around the world to the Arctic Council Foreign Ministers, when they meet on May 15 in Kiruna, in the very North of Sweden. Each of the Foreign Ministers, as well as the Arctic Council's Permanent Participants of the Arctic's Indigenous Peoples, will receive a big photo book to show them the great demand and hope for strong Arctic protection.