The ice at the top of the world is melting. Scientists say that within 20 years the North Pole could be largely ice free over the summer months.
The Arctic is the canary in the coal mine: a potent symbol of the damage being done to our environment. But not everyone sees the melting ice as a grave warning to humanity. Politicians and oil giants see it as an opportunity to drill for the fuels that got us into this mess in the first place. Unsustainable, industrial-scale fishing fleets are already moving in to plunder fish stocks.
Greenpeace is not going to stand by while the Arctic is destroyed. This summer, we’re launching a massive international campaign to save the Arctic. We’re declaring a global sanctuary in the unclaimed area around the North Pole. We want the UN to designate it a protected area for all life on Earth. We’re also demanding a ban on off-shore oil drilling and unsustainable fishing in the Arctic.
We won’t be able to do it on our own – so we want to enlist the help of millions of people from around the world. Everyone who signs up to the campaign at www.savethearctic.org will add their name to an Arctic Scroll. We’ll place the first million names in an indestructible pod and lower them 4 km through the freezing water, planting their names at the bottom of the sea at the top of the world.