The musician and Greenpeace ambassador, Alejandro Sanz, will join the Arctic expedition that Greenpeace is conducting in the month of July to highlight the need to protect this unique ecosystem. The objectives of the journey include checking on the dwindling of the glaciers and the arctic ice cap due to climate change, underscoring the danger of an oil spill in this virtually unexplored territory and the risk citizens’ face of losing their land.
“We have to acknowledge the fact that if we help save the Arctic we’re saving much more. Is the most important environmental battle because it is one of the few places on earth where an environmental balance still exists. Much is at stake and what happens there affects us all,” said Alejandro Sanz.
The Spanish artist will travel with the organization to the southern end of the Arctic Circle to witness the beauty of this land, the Inuit’s – indigenous peoples inhabiting the Arctic regions – way of life as well as how climate change and human activity threatens their way of life and the natural habitat in which they live. According to a Greenpeace report, the Arctic could be ice-free in 10 to 20 years, with serious effects on people, fauna, flora, and the economy.
Sanz will ask for a public commitment so people around the world join Greenpeace through their site www.salvaelartico.org and help declare this territory “protected area sanctuary”. The goal is to create a protected region in the North Pole where oil extraction and industrial fishing will be prohibited. More than three million people, including Sans, have joined the campaign to ban arctic oil drilling.
Regarding this matter, Hernan Nadal, Head of Digital Mobilisation – Global Arctic Campaign at Greenpeace, commented: “We need to make sure politicians and oil companies hear our concerns and help us protect the international waters of the Arctic Ocean from corporations that are causing severe climate change and ice thaw. Oil companies see an economic opportunity on what would mean a loss to humanity and the destruction of the Arctic. ”
Greenpeace is the largest independent direct-action environmental organization in the world with offices in 41 countries, covering all continents. With more than 40 years, Greenpeace’s worldwide activities are funded entirely by donations. The organization does not solicit contributions from government or corporations; it works only thanks to the individual contributions of the 250,000 members in the United States and the 2.8 million members worldwide.
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