PROTECT THE ANTARCTIC OCEAN

Antarctic

Greenpeace is pushing forward a global campaign to create the largest protected area on Earth – an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary in the Weddell Sea. At 1.8 million square kilometers, this sanctuary would be larger than the provinces of BC and Alberta combined. Not only would it be a safe haven the abundance of life that this part of the world hosts, including penguins, whales and seals, but it would also put the waters off-limits to the industrial fishing vessels sucking up the tiny shrimp-like krill, on which Antarctic life relies.

An Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary

An Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary would prevent the krill industry from taking food away from the lifeforms that depend on it and provide relief for wildlife populations to recover. And the benefits of ocean sanctuaries are global. Healthy oceans play a crucial role in soaking up carbon dioxide, helping us to avoid the worst effects of climate change and they provide food security for billions of people who rely on our oceans.

Our fate and the fate of our oceans are intimately connected - and no business is worth sacrificing a whole ecosystem for.

But an Antarctic Sanctuary will only happen if we demand that our leaders protect our shared oceans. Make your voice heard by adding your name to the petition to create an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary now:

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For Valentine’s Day: the Antarctic’s most loving animals

Blog entry by Willie Mackenzie | February 13, 2018

The biggest hearts in the world are found in the Antarctic Ocean, so why not show them some love this Valentine’s Day? There’s always room for more love in the world – and today seemed like the perfect opportunity to spread a...

Here's how 2018 got off to a good start

Blog entry by Sarah Wilbore | February 2, 2018

We’re one month into 2018, and already we have good news from around the world and here in Canada to share with you. We discovered a new bird species in Indonesia The Rote myzomela (Myzomela irianawidodoae) belongs to the...

Diving to the Antarctic sea floor is a scientist’s dream come true

Blog entry by Dr Susanne Lockhart | January 29, 2018

Most people would be surprised about how many species of cold-water corals and amazing sponges you’d find on the bottom of the Antarctic Ocean. Even as the scientist who has identified three quarters of the registered seafloor...

Do ocean sanctuaries really work?

Blog entry by Greenpeace Canada | January 25, 2018

Our oceans are massive and unlike most places on land, they don’t really have borders. Animals, water (and sadly now plastic) all move freely across the globe. So it begs the question: does creating a protected area really work?   ...

Antarctic’s Top Penguin

Blog entry by Willie Mackenzie | January 20, 2018

Not every penguin is up to the challenge of living in the Antarctic, but those that do are a special sort of awesome. Remember, they don’t have the luxury of being able to fly away again if the weather turns bad. In honour of...

March of the penguins

Blog entry by Akshey Kalra | January 15, 2018

This morning, people around the world are waking up to pictures of penguin sightings across the globe. The penguins have been spotted travelling on trains, arriving at international airports and at iconic landmarks. From Sydney to...

Setting Sail to protect the Antarctic

Blog entry by Will McCallum | January 15, 2018

As I write this the Arctic Sunrise, one of Greenpeace’s ships, is sailing south.  For the next three months its crew will be working alongside a team of campaigners, photographers, film-makers, scientists and journalists from across...

5 things you (probably) didn’t know about the Antarctic

Blog entry by Samantha Wockner | January 8, 2018

In 2017 we launched a campaign to create an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary – the largest protected area on Earth. But why? Well, apart from being home to amazing animals such as penguins, whales and seals. The Antarctic plays an important...

Waddle you do to celebrate World Penguin Day?

Blog entry by Willie Mackenzie | April 25, 2014 2 comments

All rights reserved . Credit: Greenpeace 'Give us a kiss, it's World Penguin Day!' It’s World Penguin Day today, April 25 th , and I simply can’t imagine a world that didn’t have penguins in it. So in order to...

Protecting Antarctica, the heart of the ocean

Blog entry by Veronica Frank | May 22, 2012

For many people the Antarctic is little more than a far-away frozen region, literally at the edge of the world; with sterile glaciers, icebergs and colonies of not-so ‘Happy Feet’ penguins, buffeted for much of their lives in the...

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