Esperanza documenting team in the Arctic

Photo | 21 June, 2010

A shore party from the Esperanza walks along the edge of Woodfjord, off the northern coast of Svalbard. In the distance behind them, their ship Esperanza sits at anchor waiting for their return. As climate change causes the Arctic sea ice to recede, the Greenpeace ship has sailed north of Svalbard, to survey the poorly understood Arctic Ocean seabed. Meanwhile on the surface, the crew are observing and recording the diverse wildlife that has adapted to survive in this unique and harsh environment. Greenpeace is calling for the area of the Arctic Ocean historically protected year round by sea ice to be closed to all industrial activity, including destructive fishing.