The Arctic is rising. Take immediate global action to protect the Arctic from destructive oil drilling

Let’s declare a global sanctuary in the Arctic: Polar bears spreading the word.

Good morning planet Earth. The Arctic is rising!
The Arctic ice we all depend on is disappearing. A new Greenpeace International worldwide campaign demands immediate global action to protect the Arctic from destructive oil drilling. The melting Arctic is under threat from oil drilling, industrial fishing and conflict.

…in Moscow, Beijing, Manila, Vienna, Copenhagen, Luxembourg, Brussels, Budapest, Sydney, the Niagara Falls in Canada, in the Netherlands and Switzerland and even on the Great Wall in China a polar bear is spreading the word : something BIG is happening about the Arctic .

Greenpeace International launched the “Save the Arctic Campaign” in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during Rio+20, using a balloon in the shape of a polar bear with the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer in the background. Greenpeace joins forces with Hollywood actors, rock stars, environmentalists, polar explorers and supporters to launch a bid for a global sanctuary in the Arctic. We are demanding that oil drilling and unsustainable fishing be banned in Arctic waters.

In the last 30 years, we’ve lost as much as three-quarters of the floating ice cap at the top of the world. The volume of that sea ice measured by satellites in the summer, when it reaches its smallest, has shrunk so fast that scientists say it’s now in a ‘death spiral’.

For over 800,000 years, ice has been a permanent feature of the Arctic ocean. It’s melting because of our use of dirty fossil fuel energy, and in the near future it could be ice free for the first time since humans walked the Earth. This would be not only devastating for the people, polar bears, narwhals, walruses and other species that live there – but for the rest of us too.

The ice at the top of the world reflects much of the sun’s heat back into space and keeps our whole planet cool, stabilising the weather systems that we depend on to grow our food. Protecting the ice means protecting us all.

Take action.