Together we’ve taken the message to the governments of the Arctic states and we’ve taken direct action to confront the problem.
(This is a full text of a release from Greenpeace.)
Thousands of Canadians and millions of people all over the world are making their voices heard, and it’s really starting to work.
Recently the European parliament voiced their support for an Arctic Sanctuary, and Finland – a key Arctic state – has adopted the idea.
But we’re not there yet and so I’m asking for your help again because we have a crazy idea.
To ban oil drilling and destructive industrial fishing there for good, and create an Arctic Sanctuary, we have to keep building momentum. One really good way to do that is to gain the support of LOTS of influential people from all over the world. So many that in fact political leaders deciding on the future of the Arctic can’t ignore our voices.
A recent opinion poll shows that over 80% of Canadians support the creation of a protected sanctuary in the international waters of the Arctic Ocean surrounding the North Pole. That’s right, the majority of Canadians agree that the uninhabited area around the North Pole should be designated as a sanctuary, off-limits to oil drilling and industrial fisheries.
So we’re already off to a good start. And here’s where you come in.
Canada is a giant country, and everyone is really spread out. It is not humanly possible for Greenpeace to go into each and every community and locate opinion influencers. But you can!
And while you campaign in Canada, thousands of community campaigners will be outreaching to influencers around the world too. A massive campaigning effort to gain support for an Arctic sanctuary.
Is there an opinion influencer in your family, amongst your personal connections and networks, or perhaps a friend of a friend? I bet there is if you take a moment to think about it.
Together we should easily be able to sign up a whole bunch of politicians (from all parties), a good selection of scientists, professors, doctors, academics, business leaders, artists, actors, sports icons and community leaders.
Ask them to sign the Arctic Declaration. If there’s no such person in your circle of contacts, don’t worry – you can use our detailed toolkit to approach influencers with confidence.
Political leaders making decisions about the future of the Arctic won’t be able to ignore the masses of diverse influencers you’ll be recruiting from across the globe. We can’t save the Arctic without your help.