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No country owns the Arctic. It should stay that way.

In the last 30 years, we've lost as much as three-quarters of the floating sea ice cover at the top of the world. The volume of that sea ice measured by satellites in the summer, when it reaches its smallest, has shrunk so fast that scientists say it's now in a 'death spiral'.

For over 800,000 years, ice has been a permanent feature of the Arctic ocean. It's melting because of our use of dirty fossil fuel energy, and in the near future it could be ice free for the first time since humans walked the Earth. This would be not only devastating for the people, polar bears, narwhals, walruses and other species that live there - but for the rest of us too.

The ice at the top of the world reflects much of the sun's heat back into space and keeps our whole planet cool, stabilizing the weather systems that we depend on to grow our food. Protecting the ice means protecting us all.

There is no government or army to protect the Arctic, only countries and companies looking to carve it up.

A new Arctic oil rush is starting. Shell, BP, Exxon, Gazprom, Rosneft and others want to risk a devastating Arctic oil spill for only three years' worth of oil.

There are seven billion of us on our planet. Each and every one of us is affected by the health of the Arctic: by reflecting the sun's rays off its ice, the Arctic shapes our weather patterns and the food we grow and eat.

But the Arctic is the front line of our warming climate - heating up twice as fast as anywhere else. It's also the front line of the oil industry - one of the dirty, dead fuels responsible for the melting in the first place.

The US has spoken of "increased military threats in the Arctic" and Russia has predicted "armed intervention" in the future.

Countries are spending billions on Arctic weaponry, threatening the long-term peace of the region. Nuclear-powered ice-breakers, submarines and fighter jets are being purchased by Arctic states with overlapping claims on the area around the North Pole.

The best way to maintain the peace there is to make its resources off-limits. That's why we're campaigning for a global sanctuary and a ban on oil drilling and industrial fishing.

Just like in Antarctica, we need an Arctic Ocean dedicated to peace and science.

By stopping the new oil rush in the Arctic we are creating the conditions for a radical change in how we power our lives, accelerating the clean energy revolution that will fuel the future for our children.

We know we're going up against the most powerful countries and companies in the world.

But together we have something stronger than any country's military or any company's budget. Our shared concern for the planet we leave our children transcends all the borders that divide us and makes us - together - the most powerful force today.

30 years ago we launched a similar campaign to protect the Antarctic. Nobody thought we would succeed, but we did, and we created a world park around the South Pole.

Now the Arctic is calling.
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This is a repost of SameerPrehistorica's journal entry.

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tommyboywood Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Your efforts are noble, dear one.  But there is only one person qualified to bring about real, tangible, and lasting change (Revelation 11:17,18 - notice esp end of vs. 18)
RoseScarlet Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Student Writer
What's the point of us all then? Why are we even here if we can't change anything?
tommyboywood Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I understand your point of view.  Try to look at it this way: could true reform have come about in Nazi Germany as long as Hitler remained in power?  Quite obviously no, he had to first be defeated and done away with before real change could happen. Likewise, as long as the Devil continues to be the invisible ruler of this world (2 Corinthians 4:3,4; Revelation 12:9; Matthew 4:9) no real, lasting change can occur. Any attempts at reform are futile, since the Bible says "that which is crooked cannot be made straight" (Ecclesiastes 1:15).  Consequently, true Christians patiently wait for the earth' s incoming king, Jesus Christ, to take action.  That time is near (2Timothy 3:1-5; Luke 21:29-32).  He will right all the wrongs, including man's insane assault on our planet home - earth (Revelation 11:18).
RoseScarlet Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Student Writer
did you memorize the whole bible? wow.
Yes, he had to be defeated, and humans defeated him with their own will.
what's the use of waiting? why can't we fix things now? why did god kill off so many innocent jews then?
tommyboywood Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
sweetie. God didn't kill anyone, Hitler and his dupes did.  to blame God for what Hitler did is like blaming the parents for what their sons did at Columbine.  in any case, we can individually do our part by minimizing the "footprints" we leave on planet earth. But only Jesus has the will and the power to tackle to big problems (Isaiah 11:1-5)
RoseScarlet Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Student Writer
so sons can't do anything and only the parents can fix it?
tommyboywood Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Remember Rose, there is a difference between healthy skepticism and useless sarcasm. If you are a true student, why not do more research on what was done to this planet at the hands of men during the 20th century, vs. The successes of ecology groups like Greenpeace.  Maybe you will likewise come to the conclusion that only a Supernatural effort can turn the tide.  The problems are too big, human greed and shortsightedness to deeply entrenched in the collective human heart
RoseScarlet Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Student Writer
You can't view humans as one. If we change it little by little, we can make it better. You may think that a few talented, passionate people can't change the world positively, but we can. Because we're the only ones who ever have.
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