What do you think we should be doing to save the Arctic?

Posted by bex — 13 February 2012 at 10:46am - Comments
Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man Recreated on Arctic Sea Ice
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Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man recreated on Arctic sea ice by John Quigley

As I write, major oil companies like Shell, ExxonMobil and Chevron are planning their moves into the Arctic to exploit its vast mineral resources. The five Arctic states are beginning the process of carving up the high north. Meanwhile, the ice keeps melting – we’ve now lost 75 per cent of Arctic sea ice in just 30 years. The global battle to protect the Arctic - from oil exploration, from industrialisation and from climate change – needs to be ambitious, bold and successful. So we’re asking you: what do you think we should we be doing to save the Arctic? 

Last year, you helped to make sure that Cairn’s oil spill response plan was published – and exposed as deeply flawed. You challenged VW’s stance on climate change laws, dividing the car industry around this critical issue. You pushed to get the Arctic onto the UK’s political agenda by asking David Cameron what his plans were to protect the Arctic. 

All of this has brought us a step closer to saving the Arctic. But as the high north grows more vulnerable to industrialisation, as the ice melts, as the oil companies move in and the geopolitical battles over its resources heat up, we need to step up our efforts to protect it – and quickly.

In the coming months and years we need to campaign boldly - and successfully - to save the Arctic. This is going to need a lot of help from you. So we want to know:

What do you think we should be doing to save the Arctic? 

Comment on our blog, share your ideas on Facebook or Tweet with the hashtag #SaveTheArctic. 

If you’re in need of inspiration, have a look at our Antarctica campaign, which eventually resulted in the signing of The Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty and the establishment of 'World Park Antarctica'.

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The minimum will be to extend until the end of this siecle the moratory which establish the noth pole as a special territory where no studies or activity which can't be cleaned after can be done.

SaveTheArctic.     I think that a good idea is talk seriously with the presidents who let pollution and demand solutions.

I AM FED UP WITH THE POLLUTION

Nice to see that familiar face posting on this website. Happy to see your back BEX.

.     I think that a good idea is talk seriously with the presidents who let pollution and demand solutions.

I AM FED UP WITH THE POLLUTION

#SaveTheArctic  i think that a good idea is talk seriously with the presidents who let pollution and demand solutions.

we need more research on industrial filters, and a law who force the industries uses them. Paralell to this, countries like Brazil and other which has huge forests, but, because of farmers and industry expansion, we're losing our forests, like Amazonia. To save Arctic, we need to do changes on ALL parts of the world.

Global Warming is THE most critical 'problem' of our time that encapsulates the problems of the almost fascistic nature of world capitalist greed. Unless you are a lunatic religious fundamentalist reading only the publications of St Loony, then almost without doubt the irreversible catastrophe of climate chaos will soon be felt in its harshest form.

Flooding, massive shortages of food, power, fuel etc could cause war on a scale that is unrepcedented as the struggle to survive takes hold, corporations could fold, systems collapse as the earth is reduced to a battle ground. OK, this is a worst case scenario, but far from reality? No, it is not.

 

I have friends who'd suggested that they believe in global warming, but are convinced that 'a scientist will invent something to turn it around'. This is like standing before a tidal wave with a surf board hoping that somehow technique might save you from certain death. It is suicidal.

 

Big business, is so utterly hell bent on filling their coffers as quickly as possible to stuff their mouths with foie gras or beluga, that they simply do not care about the consequences of deep sea drilling or deforestation. Profit comes first, this easy, cull of the earths resources makes sense, to an accountant perhaps, but to anyone with the vision of what is to come, no amount of private yachts, hill top villas or swollen guts will stop the waves of chaos that could ensure if things are not checked.

So what actions could be taken? Well, we're at a tipping point, there is no stopping these lunatics, so this movement needs to up the ante, Greenpeace almost needs to become a party, a mass movement the likes of which has never been seen before. The time is now and we all have to sign up, to do whatever is necessary to change this world, before it is too late.

Would it be possible to set up a marine reserve - similar to the ones around NZ - if we are losing the sea ice, lets protect the sea?

To protect the Arctic, we must not allow oil and mineral exploration and extraction. The Arctic is like the canary in the coal mine and we (as stated) lost 75% of the sea ice. We need to keep people and companies out of the area including ships. Greenpeace is doing great work as far as I am concerned and there should be more people alarmed by what is happening in the Arctic. We MUST prevent oil exploration and drilling and find other forms of energy and leave the Arctic alone!

 

James Birchall

Pity we cant get rid of humans, that would be a start 

Put pressure on the administration.  Arrange mass demonstrations.  Politicians don't like damaging their political image.  Demonstrations should endanger politicians by loosing their seats in congress and other administrative positions

 

Professor Josh Pelleg

We cant allow what is going to happen in the Artic, or later in Antartica, that has already been going on in Brazil, Africa and Canada..... lets be honest when it comes to Oil exploration and serious amounts of money are involved these pressing enviromental issues get pushed to one side and the drilling will start no matter what.... if this is the case the only thing you can do is not to buy oil! live your life carbon free, that way there is no market for it, otherwise there is no end to drilling until it all runs out..... don't give them a market, in reality, that's our only hope..... 

Humans have too recall that without eart they are nothing!!!!

And not to be so greedy!!!

How about showcasing or help spreading the word for the underdogs, companies who are trying to make a difference - alt energy companies have for years complained about threats and supression of hugely benificial technologies by large/established industries.

I agree with JC Hebet

extend the moratory which establish the noth pole as a special territory where no studies or activity which can't be cleaned after can be done. But this should be done before the end of this siecle!

Unfortunately I can't see any real environmental project by any of the States of the world that go on polluting and exploiting for the richness of a lilltle nomber of people.

Piling shame on the shameless has no effect. Hitting their pockets might. Are there any oil companies whose prospecting and extraction practices are less environmentally damaging than others? if so, a boycott of the most damaging and exercising a preference for the products of the less damaging might help. 

I make perspex jewellry and would like to make a range of Artic animal necklaces you can sell.  All profits would go to Greenpeace.  I have designs ready to go and they can be sold from between £10-20.  Let me know what you think

 

It would be great if the Arctic was left alone but it just wont happen. We humans will destroy it just like we are doing to everything else.

we should be supporting FREE ENERGY, Recent developments in COLD FUSION by ROSSI have been confirmed it works by NASA Scientists. Why is this information not on the mainstream news and also why is GREENPEACE not supporting this technology development? This would stop all use of NUCLEAR, COAL, GAS and OIL and hence stop this alledged GLOBAL WARMING. Come on GREENPEACE, Stop doing what your evil masters say and support the people and the development of free energy. It is real. Search JOHN SEARL, ROSSI COLD FUSION. The way to stopping this environmental damage is through the use of new energy technologies.

The aim of Greenpeace actions - I think - has to become more and more the information, motivation and activation of the masses all over the world. Only masses can make revolutions...

Because the changes needed to come need a revolution!

Uwe

Instead of Greenpeace directly attacking these powerful and influencial companies, they need to attack their food supply: their consumers! We have to cause a massive social change which will alter the priorities of the common people. So that they start to think like us and cut off the damaging aspects of lifestyle.

If people stop using oil, the oil companies will eventually waste away.

In order to carry out such a task, people need to share their naturally produced energy. Solar, wind and geo-thermal can all be harnessed by individual households and distributed across whole communities through a network. Cars can be powered through an electro-hydrogen hybrid engine. These methods will make oil obsolete. All we need is for the world to have a cohesive attitude towards these sustainable measures and perhaps Greenpeace could head such a change.

But trying to attack these big companies directly is merely stalling the inevitable. 

Try to set up a World Park just like Antarctica!

More interventions/pressure on the UK arts scene legitimizing the oil companies involved like this one by Liberate Tate http://vimeo.com/35078978

the cause of global warming which is endangering our planet is plain to see. its the population of the earth. unless the governments of the world apply themselves to reducing the population i cant see any point in trying to concerve  the finite resources which the ever increasing population will eventually use up. i suggest greenpiece apply themselves to this gigantic problem. 

 

What do you think we should be doing to save the Arctic?

Simple. Introduce reducing caps on greenhouse gases for which humans are responsible. See www.capandshare.org or www.teqs.net - these or any one of the similar schemes can be introduced on a country-by-country basis.

Those who are last to go down this route would lose out financially and morally.

Ditch the mistrusted EU emissions trading scheme and bring every adult citizen into the equation, with individual rewards for GG reduction. Reduce the cap by only 3% per year. Do the maths.

 

The only way to stop the big oil companies is to get the most powerful politicians and other charities on side.  The main problem is that the powerful politicians only think about tomorrow they do not thiink ahead far enough.  They will not be in power when the results of their very poor decisions come home to roost so they don't care!  They have to be convinced that their children and grandchildren will suffer greatly because of the decisions they take now; the main problem is that big money talks and politicians and the powerful are very, very greedy, and they will not care until it is too late.  It's the same with the Amazon!

What do you think we should be doing to save the Arctic? 

my opinion

liaison with classification societes such as DNV, ABS etc (that affect oil exploration industry decisions) and the problem will settle..- thx.

HM Govt only became concerned at Gulf oil spill when BP share price plummeted. Proof, if it were needed, that it's greed before green all the way with Dave & Co. All politicians should be taken out and shot in the wallet.

Take all these oil companies and blow them up, just totally destroy them all and let the planet grow and prosper without their polluting and destruction to every living thing on the planet. A bit harsh but it's the only thing they understand as it's in their nature to destroy everything.

Climate change is real. And the fact (that is FACT) that of all the efforts to reduce climate change so far have been, without one single exception, absolutely irrelevant. Any efforts to halt emissions, cut carbon footprints, reduce, reuse and recycle have had absolutely zero effect on climate change or the rate of climate change. If there was anything that could be done, if any tiny effect of any changes that have been made could be noticed, recorded or even imagined, then we would all know about it. The change in our climate has been proved to be unstoppable. (the full stop should be in BOLD here!)

What should be done with the millions (billions?) that are collected in taxes around the world in the name of climate change, enviroment or carbon footprint etc.? poured into the pockets of research companies fronted by the oil or chemical companies? NO! it should be channelled into preparing the regions most affected by climate change to be safe and exist in harmony with change.

These are nearly always the poorer parts of the world, and this money should go to an aid foundation to specifically prepare these regions for life within the effects of climate change.

Unfortunately the focus is on creating "clean" fuel, sustainable energy etc, but only because this is something that is to the advantage of the powerful. Short term gain is the only goal and they wrap it up in green rhetoric so that people without imagination fall for it.

Finally stop ignoring the fact of overpopulation. Even if we lived on minimum living living standard, the total burden would exceed the limits of the carrying capacity of our earth by far.

Why don't you join with the Center for Biological Diversity
http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/campaigns/overpopulation/pop_x/index....,
with http://populationmatters.org/, http://www.populationspeakout.org/, and others who don't keep their eyes shut against the deadly expansion of our own species?

more pressure on the U.K. Government to target the oil companies again andto seek the support

of every country in the world to look seriously at alternative ways of reducing our ever demanding

need for oil.Transport initiatives for greater economy and rewards for compliance would be a start.

o

Climate change is real. And the fact (that is FACT) that of all the efforts to reduce climate change so far have been, without one single exception, absolutely irrelevant. Any efforts to halt emissions, cut carbon footprints, reduce, reuse and recycle have had absolutely zero effect on climate change or the rate of climate change. If there was anything that could be done, if any tiny effect of any changes that have been made could be noticed, recorded or even imagined, then we would all know about it. The change in our climate has been proved to be unstoppable. (the full stop should be in BOLD here!)

What should be done with the millions (billions?) that are collected in taxes around the world in the name of climate change, enviroment or carbon footprint etc.? poured into the pockets of research companies fronted by the oil or chemical companies? NO! it should be channelled into preparing the regions most affected by climate change to be safe and exist in harmony with change.

These are nearly always the poorer parts of the world, and this money should go to an aid foundation to specifically prepare these regions for life within the effects of climate change.

Unfortunately the focus is on creating "clean" fuel, sustainable energy etc, but only because this is something that is to the advantage of the powerful. Short term gain is the only goal and they wrap it up in green rhetoric so that people without imagination fall for it.

The pure animals who live in the arctic are lossing more territory every day.  Get governments from all countries involved with the arctic to stop all this invasive activity - the oil companies should all be banded from ever doing their dirty work in the arctic.  Any other invasive activity should be stopped too.

cannot ever see govs/oil comps backing down in their quests for the black stuff while there is the demand so try to reduce the demand.  How about GP setting up a not for profit company supplying and installing greener alternatives. Last time we looked at ground source heating we were quoted £35K!!  You could supply solar PV panels, claim the revenue from them and plough that back into the not for profit to be able to supply renewables even cheaper.......

I firmly believe we need to engage with young people, and where better than where they come together, namely FACEBOOK, and other Social Media websites, it is imperative to engage with them on their level, ie encourage more young people to become involved in our discussions and campaigns, maybe produce a Video by young artists and get it shown in cinemas, on public billboards, shopping centres, everywhere and anywhere, just like the BIG BAD BOYS, namely the CAR Manufacturers, etc, of course there is the question of MONEY, how we finance this, well we campaign on the street, so we get a bit more active, and pick up on those who are sympathetic to our cause, we just have to try a bit harder, weve been around for over 40 YEARS, we must have learned something, so lets engage and see what happens!

I like he 'shot in the wallet' comment!  Unfortunately those of the politicians are so fat the bullet wouldn't penetrate far enough even enough to bruise, and those of top industrialists would probably cause them to rebound - that's what seems to be the case so far, anyway.  I'll return later when I've given it more thought.

Set reducing fossil fuel use as your main aim. This means stop opposing nuclear power. Current nuclear power is significantly cleaner and safer than fossil fuels.

Opposing nuclear power does not lead to more renewables. Most of the green movements arguments against nuclear power are equally as valid against renewables (cost, time to build, people dont want to live near them). Currently pro wind and pro nuclear people spend to much time arguing with each other, while the power companies build fossil fuel stations. To save the arctic we need to be building renewables and nuclear as fast as we can.

all the problesm started with 2 hole in ozone layers...

if we can fix the hole, then, every weather in the world will become normal once more...

no more ice melting, and etc etc..

The powers that be need to get all the infomation out there and spend and do whats needed NOW. GET YOUR FINGERS OUT,

 

Hmmm... I like the ideas that focus on something like a 'no-take zone' or World Park idea, and the point made that there's no point heaping shame on the shameless is a good one - companies' irresponsible actions need to be made VERY public but this is only going to be effective if it costs them money - they simply have too much in the way of PR resources. To cost them money, we've got to lose them custom either by making their products undesirable (to the public and/or big buyers) or regulating marginal sources of oil out of the equation (e.g. like tar sands oil, Arctic oil is likely to be energy-intensive to extract, so could it be rendered unsaleable via the Fuels Directive etc?). The change from seeking ever more oil to choosing not to exploit everything we can is a major shift (but an essential one) and we need public support for this.

1. Find an alternative oil source (if they want oil they're going to get it - so let's divert their attention to another ocean)

2. Get a high-profile celbrity to back your campaign and PR the issue extensively - utilise climate change events - UNCC in Durban last year would have been good. Look at the upcoming talks in Brazil over the summer.

3. Winter Olympics - is there something you can do around that - no more snow for olympians to ski on etc?

4. Create a scheme alongside the government which offers cash incentives for consumers opting to buy environmentally friendly cars etc

5. Cute animals - always works! Create a photography competition - photos of the Artic and its animals (cute seals / polar bears etc). Highlight they will no longer exist if the drilling goes on - shame the oil giants into backing down

6. Physical presence - stop them from drilling through physical presence of boats and man power

7. Take them to court - sue them fo any flood events which have happened in the past and which can be linked to rising sea levels - is there a way we can connect the melting ice and rising sea levels directly to them? Make them pay out to members of the public who have actively suffered. If PETA can represent Tilikum and co. then surely you can repersent the people of Britain whose homes have been wrecked by flooding?

8. Petition - create a pettion - not just consumers but famous and politically powerful people to sign too

 

An international agreement like that for Antarctica would be a great start. From there, even stricter regulations could be introduced over time.

But in the first place, more has to be done to reduce and even undo climate change. More renewable energy and if necessary even some more nuclear power. Otherwise, the ice will go back even further.

As clearly, we cannot continue to ransack the planet's resources as we have done in the past, and still do, and the only way to keep the Arctic pristine and protect vulnerable and already struggling wildlife there is to prevent any sort of exploration in the region, then that is what we must do - oil and mineral companies must not be allowed to drill in the Arctic, ever!

We need to shout this message from the rooftops.  Too many people in the world are unaware of what's happening around them or just can't think further ahead than today.  There must be a resounding worldwide public outcry to prevent this destruction before it happens.

An oil spill in the region is just unthinkable. 

 

Begin the biggest awareness campaign you've ever done up to now....the biggest campaign ever done, period.

The masses only listen when things are pounded into their thick skulls.

Good luck.

 

Thanks all - lots of fantastic ideas / thoughts. Keep them coming please!

Bex
gpuk 

Redjohn has it right. We have reached a tipping point. 'Democratic' governments with their eyes only on the next election and the 'needs' of their big business chums do not care about our future generations. I would like to see Greenpeace, WWF, Sea Shepherd, IFAW & other like-minded environmental organisations produce a combined fighting force to combat such short-term-ism. Climate change is far too important to be left to politicians.

The first step would be to make the Arctic a World Park.

 

Governmant leaders of countries should be challenged on climate change non violent direct action speaks louder than words high profile actions work and inform people who dont know see what is actually going on in the world .

we could bring children to Arctic, on summer, at a place where ice melting is extremely visible. Let them meet Inuits children, and just listen what they say... It could have an enormous impact on people !

Exploration and extraction of oil comes from markets - that's us - for the black stuff.  Sixty (yes, 60) percent of non-transport energy is wasted (that's us again!).  Billions of electrical devices using transformers, LED lights, motors, light-bulbs etc are left running or switched on when there's no one there using them - that's us not around!  When we Really start to tackle this unbelievable - above figures won't be believed by most people even though it's true - waste of the planets resources and the associated exploitation of lower/non industrialised people, then we will truly be protecting the Arctic and millions of other vulnerable places on planet Earth.

Chris A.

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