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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Polar Oceans in Peril
...and a planet at risk

Publication | July 13, 2009 at 17:00

The Arctic and the Antarctic are under assault - from the impacts of rapidly accelerating climate change; from increased industrialisation; and from the unchecked consumption of our planet's resources.

Global melting Arctic, Antarctic

Publication | March 25, 2008 at 13:08

The Arctic and parts of Antarctica are warming at a much faster rate than the rest of the world. During the 20th century, air temperatures in some parts of the Arctic increased by about 5 C — 10 times faster than the global average.

How much climate change can we bear?

Publication | November 8, 2006 at 16:40

The consequences of a 2 degree centigrade rise in global temperature and how to avoid it.

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