Action: Saving the Arctic


Greenpeace right now is collecting signatures to turn the Arctic into a protected area to stop oil drilling and to protect the animals. The Arctic is a home for Polar bears, Arctic Foxes, Bowhead Whales, Narwhals, Belugas, and many other animals, some and probably most that live nowhere else. Arctic drilling for oil will destroy habitat for these animals with pipes, oil rigs, and it’s not known what real impact the drilling itself would have on the environment. Of course, this isn’t even taking into account what will happen in the event of an oil spill and oil spills are common.Please sign this petition, here is the link for Greenpeace’s website where you can sign and help protect the Arctic’s wildlife; http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/en/

ARCTIC ANIMALS YOU’LL BE HELPING!

Narwhals: the Arctic’s unicorn! The only species of whale to have a tusk (an elongated tooth) and little is known about the species. It lives in the Arctic sea and is rarely seen below 65degrees North Latitude. “Narwhal have been harvested for over a thousand years by Inuit people in northern Canada and Greenland for meat and ivory, and a regulated subsistence hunt continues to this day. While populations appear stable, the narwhal has been deemed particularly vulnerable to climate change due to a narrow geographical range and specialized diet.“*

For more information on Narwhals visit (*): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narwhal

Watch videos of Narwhals: http://www.arkive.org/narwhal/monodon-monoceros/video-10.html

Bowhead Whales: The second biggest whale (only second to the Blue Whale) is a baleen whale like the blue whale, and lives only in Arctic and Sub Arctic waters. It’s the longest living whale, living up to and maybe past 200 hundred years and has the biggest mouth of any mammal.

The bowhead is listed in Appendix I by CITES (that is, “threatened with extinction”). It is listed by the National Marine Fisheries Service as “endangered” under the auspices of the United States’ Endangered Species Act. The IUCN Red List data are as follows:

The Bowhead whale is listed on Appendix I[19] of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) as this species has been categorized as being in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant proportion of their range and CMS Parties strive towards strictly protecting these animals, conserving or restoring the places where they live, mitigating obstacles to migration and controlling other factors that might endanger them.” (**)

For more information on Bowhead Whales (**): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowhead_Whales

Bowhead Whale videos: http://www.arkive.org/bowhead-whale/balaena-mysticetus/videos.html

Picture Source for Bowhead Whale: http://whalesandmarinefauna.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/iqaluit-bowhead-whale-hunt-underway-canada/

Polar Bears: “The polar bear (Ursus maritimus) is a bear native largely within the Arctic Circle encompassing the Arctic Ocean, its surrounding seas and surrounding land masses. It is the world’s largest land carnivore and also the largest bear, together with the omnivorous Kodiak Bear, which is approximately the same size.[3] ” (***)

For the indigenous peoples of the Arctic, polar bears have long played an important cultural and material role.[92][93] Polar bear remains have been found at hunting sites dating to 2,500 to 3,000 years ago[95] and 1,500 year old cave paintings of polar bears have been found in the Chukchi Peninsula.[93] Indeed, it has been suggested that Arctic peoples’ skills in seal hunting and igloo construction has been in part acquired from the polar bears themselves.[93]” ***

For more information on Polar Bears visit(***): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polar_Bears

Videos of Polar Bears: http://www.arkive.org/polar-bear/ursus-maritimus/videos.html

Picture Source for Polar Bear: http://derekberry.wordpress.com/2011/07/28/ode-to-polar-bears/

Arctic Foxes: The Arctic Fox is sometimes called the White Fox or Snow Fox for it’s brilliantly white and fluffy coat during the winter months. It’s a small fox that “native to Arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere and is common throughout the Arctic tundra biome.” ****

The arctic fox has a circumpolar range, meaning that it is found throughout the entire Arctic, including the outer edges of Greenland, Russia, Canada, Alaska, and Svalbard, as well as in Subarctic and alpine areas, such as Iceland and mainland alpine Scandinavia. The conservation status of the species is good, except for the Scandinavian mainland population. It is acutely endangered there, despite decades of legal protection from hunting and persecution. The total population estimate in all of Norway, Sweden and Finland is a mere 120 adult individuals.” ****

For more information on Arctic Foxes visit (****): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arctic_Foxes

For videos on Arctic Foxes: http://www.arkive.org/arctic-fox/vulpes-lagopus/videos.html

Picture source for Fox: http://www.alexandgregory.com/arcticfox.html

About rosesrocksandredfoxes

This is my blog as an Eclectic Pagan. I found the path in 2009. I love to learn, read, explore, and create. I'm a college student right now and I'm always looking for more ways to 'be green' and connect more with the God/Goddess. I'm using this almost as my publicly viewed book of shadows. Enjoy!
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