• Our blackened boots expose the truth in the Russian Arctic

    12 June 2013

    Right now I am in the Russian Arctic as part of a Greenpeace factfinding mission. We are near a town called Pyt'-Yah, in the Khanty-Mansi region of Siberia, which is surrounded by Rosneft oil fields, the largest public oil company in the world. This is the oil producing capital of Russia, a country where oil provides 25% of the national budget, while creating terrible inflation and total dependence on oil markets.

  • Arctic at the Crossroads

    11 April 2013

    As a small team of youth ambassadors for Greenpeace's Arctic campaign begin their trek to the North Pole, I'm reminded of the campaign to save the Antarctic (below), which I led on behalf of Greenpeace in the 1980s.

  • Team Aurora

    3 April 2013

    This weekend, a team of 16 explorers is going to the North Pole to declare it protected on behalf of all life on Earth. Backed by millions, they will plant a flag for the future on the seabed and call for a sanctuary in the uninhabited area around the pole.

  • Wanted: Polar explorers. No experience required.

    2 April 2013

    In just over two weeks I will be standing on the frozen Arctic ocean, preparing to ski to the North Pole. I'll be wearing four layers of fleece and a special hat that someone knitted for me. In my pockets I'll carry some almond chocolate, an iPod, and a declaration of hope for future generations.

  • The Coolest Things About the Arctic You Never Knew About

    1 January 2013

    So we all know the Arctic is cold and white and in danger from exploitation by oil companies including Shell Oil, right? Not only is the critical ecosystem in dire need of our protection, it also has an endlessly interesting “About Me” section.  Here’s what we think are the coolest things about the Arctic we found pretty surprising.

  • Top 5 movies set in the Arctic

    21 December 2012

    With a stunning landscape and incredible wildlife including polar bears, seals and Arctic foxes, it’s no wonder that Arctic movie sets trump anything filmed in sunny Hollywood.  

  • Flag for the Future

    13 December 2012

    The Arctic has always been a place that inspires the imagination. A great frozen ocean at the top of the world where the northern lights illuminate the sky and huge white bears swim in the icy waters is a place like no other on Earth.

  • Going with the floe

    8 November 2012

    The email was one of those ones that stop you in your tracks: “As a Greenpeace supporter, and newly elected member of the local Greenpeace General Assembly, would you be interested in spending a week on the Arctic Sunrise, investigating the largest summer melt of the polar icecap recorded since observations began?”  Despite the short lead time, my answer was a quick Yes!

  • Thank you times two million!

    3 October 2012

    When you're as far north as we are right now, communications come to you like telegrams; they're few and far between, and only the most important make it through.