Greenpeace declares sanctuary around North Pole to protect Arctic

Greenpeace, the granddaddy of the international environmental movements, says: ‘The Arctic is under threat. Big oil companies – who have played a major part in causing climate change – are now ready to take advantage of the retreating sea ice. They want to start drilling in the Arctic for oil, putting the fragile environment at even greater risk.

‘This is bad news for the pristine Arctic environment, home to wildlife including polar bears and walruses. That’s why Greenpeace has recently launched one of our biggest ever campaigns to protect the Arctic. We need your help to win it.

‘And it’s not just oil drillers. Industrial fishing fleets are moving into the melting waters, threatening the local communities who have fished there sustainably for thousands of years.

‘Greenpeace isn’t going to stand by while greedy companies and selfish politicians destroy the Arctic. – We need to act now, before it’s too late.

‘So here’s the plan. We’re declaring a global sanctuary around the pole, to become enforceable by international law, that will mean a ban on oil drilling and other activities that threaten the Arctic.

‘It’s big and it’s ambitious. But we know we can do it with your help.

‘Over 2 million people have already signed up to help since the campaign launched, and with your help we can get to 3 million.

‘Next spring we will set off to the Arctic to plant a scroll with your signature on it on the seabed, 4km beneath the North Pole. There it will hold firm as a statement of what we believe in.’

You can sign up here to the Save the Arctic campaign.

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21 Responses to Greenpeace declares sanctuary around North Pole to protect Arctic

  1. Big oil companies – who have played a major part in causing climate change – are now ready to take advantage of the retreating sea ice.

    That would be the climate change causation that no-one can provide proof of; how very compelling this argument isn’t.

    Greenpeace isn’t going to stand by while greedy companies and selfish politicians destroy the Arctic. – We need to act now, before it’s too late.

    Like Lowry, I’d like to see Greenpeas object to greedy companies who would like to despoil bits of Scotland with ill-thought out and grotesquely oversize windmill arrays in inappropriate places.

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    • Lets all remember that governments hire the oil companies/multi-national power companies etc and this is driven by consumer demand…the root cause is global governmental policy…GREED !
      the oil companies are simply a symptom of this greed…something we are generally all guilty of.
      I support GP on this point but also find I cannot support them on their blinkered support for all renewables projects….whatever the cost.

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      • ” Lets all remember that governments hire the oil companies / multi national power companies etc and this is driven by consumer demand ” I think if you had ended your post there it would have been more accurate. Your continuing left of left of left attacks on big business does not seem to fit with your own present lifestyle.

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        • You know nothing about my life style ! Mr Kirk.
          A nice “green” thumbs up for your excessive arrogance !
          Change comes from within Malcolm: a lesson you would do well to learn.

          I do work for oil companies …yes, just as I worked for BNFL and Scottish Hydro, I also work on the other side of the fence too, NGO’s, Governments, single operators, community projects, charities. I work with people and environments…not profit margins…sometimes I work for nothing except satisfaction :) LOL

          As to my left of left of left views: I am anti-globalisation, anti multi-national…if this means left of left to you so be it…I am quite happy with my views and my persona.

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      • Greed is in our genes. Some just have more of it than others. We humans are the most dangerous species on the planet and death, cruelty to others and destruction has been the result of it right through our history.

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        • We are more than our genes. To claim otherwise is a poor excuse for making no effort to change.

          An car a bhios san t-seana mhaide, ‘s duilich a thoirt as

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        • Greed is taught…and learnt…there are plenty of places on this planet where greed is secondary to surival.
          An car a bhios san t-seana mhaide, ‘s duilich a thoirt as
          “The warp in the old wood is hardest to remove”. ?

          Fits well with the below post ;)

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        • Agreed David with the exception of your genetic claim, I believe our greed it is more of a conditioning. Other groups,tribes, inuits etc. continue to exist without the pursuit of accumulating wealth and material possesions. We can exist and sustain perfectly well, depends on our choices our influences, demands etc.
          Spot on with your other points.

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          • I think your observation is a bit too romantic Jnr. I am prepared to bet that when the first of our species stepped out of his cave he immediately admired his neighbours !! It was then a matter of time before he tried to take it. I have travelled to many remote parts of the world and the thing that usually stops people getting greedy is because there isnt anything tempting enough, or actually accessible enough , to be greedy about !!!

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