|Save the Arctic|
|Monday, 25 June 2012 00:00|
The melting Arctic is under threat from oil drilling, industrial fishing and conflict.
There is no government or army to protect the Arctic, only countries and companies looking to carve it up. Help us plant a Flag for the Future at the North Pole.
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 frontline of our warming climate - heating up twice as fast as anywhere else. It's also the frontline of the oil industry - one of the dirty, dead fuels responsible for the melting in the first place.
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.
That is why we're taking your name - and a million others - to the North Pole with a Flag for the Future designed by the youth of the world. It will show that our shared vision of a green, peaceful, healthy planet depends on an Arctic protected by us all.
But the flag is only a symbol. We'll be taking your voice to every political leader in the world to ask them where they stand on the Arctic. One by one, as our movement gathers momentum, we'll turn towards the United Nations, where we'll demand a global deal to protect the Arctic.
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.