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

 

Greenpeace Russia report "Oil Pollution in Russia: Problems and Possible Solutions"

Publication | 6 August, 2014 at 17:28

"Oil Pollution in Russia: Problems and Possible Solutions" co-produced by Greenpeace-Russia and "Save the Pechora" Committee

Gaps in the oil spill prevention and response plan for the operational area of the...

Publication | 4 April, 2014 at 16:14

Greenpeace Russia has analyzed a Summary of the oil spill response plan (OSRP) published on the company’s official website and found numerous gaps that challenge its effectiveness and reliability.

Russian Arctic Offshore Hydrocarbon Exploration: Investment Risks

Publication | 17 April, 2012 at 0:46

In their “Russian Arctic Off-shore Hydrocarbon: Investments Risks” report Greenpeace-Russia’s experts analyzed Russia’s current oil production practices, their environmental impacts as well as technologies and operational approaches Russian oil...

Brief overview of oil pipelines’ rupture sand volumes of oil spills in Russia

Publication | 6 March, 2012 at 18:22

Land surface waters (rivers and lakes) are contaminated with oil products throughout the territory of the Russian Federation. Oil products are found almost in every water body (even in Baikal lake).

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