Greenpeace Environmental Trust

Save the Arctic

No country owns the High Arctic. And it should stay that way. The melting Arctic is under threat from oil drilling, industrial fishing and territorial conflict. Together, we can save this beautiful region and declare the high Arctic a global sanctuary for all life on Earth.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 10:00 AM, 6 December 2012 to 5:00 PM, 19 December 2012

Registered Charity in England and Wales (284934)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£30,000

Amount raised

£60,783

Donations

223

    Category

  • AnimalsAnimals
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation

    Helping

Location

  • At some time, in some place, we need to take a stand. I believe that time is now and that place is the Arctic.

    — Sir Paul McCartney

  • At some time, in some place, we need to take a stand. I believe that time is now and that place is the Arctic.

    — Sir Paul McCartney

Situation

Arctic sea ice has retreated dramatically in recent years and scientists say the North Pole could soon be ice free. This is devastating for the species that live there, and for all life on Earth. The ice reflects heat back into space, keeping our planet cool and regulating our weather. The melting ice is allowing a new Arctic oil rush and access for industrial-scale fishing fleets which could decimate marine life.

Solution

Our campaign will mobilise millions of people from all walks of life to ensure that the UN declares the High Arctic a global sanctuary. We have done it before with World Park Antarctica. We can do it again. It will mean that the pristine High Arctic environment will be protected and the wider Arctic off limits to oil companies and industrial fishing fleets. Instead it will remain a place dedicated to scientific research, sustainable fishing and supporting local communities.