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.’