Greenpeace is one of the most influential social groups of our time and has gradually become known for its controversial intervention in the activities of multinational companies looking to profit at the expense of environmental degradation.
Gradually, this organization has increasingly more volunteers from around the world that provide donations, services or research that help preserve nature.
They themselves are known as creators of the “Save the Arctic” campaign that has been promoted in over 40 countries, where people all over the world and from different walks of life have contributed to improve the conditions of this wonderful place. Even artists such as singer Alejandro Sanz, traveled south of the Arctic Circle to do a video to raise awareness and invite the public to participate in this cause that is important to everyone. Even the current president of the United States of America, Barack Obama, answered a letter where the singer asked for cooperation to protect this northern region.
During the UN Conference on Sustainable Development Rio +20 which was held from June 20 to June 22 of 2010 in Rio de Janeiro, dozens of celebrities of the show business, athletes, scientists, musicians, environmentalists and entrepreneurs, launched a manifesto promoted by Greenpeace requesting protection of the Arctic from the destructive hand of humans. Among the celebrities was Paul McCartney, Robert Redford, Lucy Lawless and Pedro Almodóvar to name a few.
Río+20 is one of the most important global conferences that exist in our times, as it focuses on solving and improving issues affecting the entire world population. Issues like the economy, jobs, security and sustainable development are issues discussed in these meetings. This is done to aim for a better quality of life for a growing human population. Today the world has seven billion people and by 2050 it will have nine billion (UN figures), so we can still teach future generations to adopt a more humane and more “friendly” culture with nature.
We can work with the help that best suits our possibilities. Volunteering is not just about monetary donations, but also to contribute in our home, in our neighborhood and in our country to make a change in the culture of the people around us. Only through our example we can. The dissemination of news and developments is another kind of help that Greenpeace and associations for the environment highly value, for the more powerful a message is, the more impact and awareness will it have on society.
The Spanish television stations, RTVE and Antena 3, collaborated via their website in the dissemination of news, articles and videos related to the Arctic situation. Antena 3 also helps collecting signatures for the campaign “Save the Arctic”.
At http://www.savethearctic.org/es you can collaborate from your home, signing the petition for the Arctic to be considered a world heritage and to prevent any country to seize those lands. Six million signatures are needed and they only need a bit more signatures to achieve it.
Many people are starting to become aware of the problems afflicting the Arctic region. What was initially considered a rumor or fatalistic news is now the main concern that humans are facing as a result of their own actions. Climate change is already reflected in the temperature of the Arctic, as well as animal life, so it is urgent to act full time.
Through the “Save the Arctic” campaign by Greenpeace, the Anglo-Dutch company Royal Dutch Shell, known only as Shell, abandoned in 2014 its plans to explore the Arctic. It is the second time this corporate suspended its activities due to legal demands of conservationists and indigenous organizations. That is why a digital signature is also very important.
Let’s keep instilling the values of respect and responsibility for future generations and let’s share campaigns, news and articles of our environment that we cannot normally heard through the news. Education is the tool that will make us open our eyes and act on behalf of our planet.