The Arctic is warming up and facing serious environmental challenges. The perverse irony of this situation is that climate change impacts are creating even more opportunities for further environmental degradation. As the thickness and extent of the sea ice diminishes due to global warming, scientists are predicting that the Arctic will soon be ice free during the summers. Oil companies see the receding ice as an opportunity to exploit the Arctic’s onshore and offshore oil reserves. Oil exploration in the Arctic threatens fragile ecosystems and sustain a global economy based on fossil fuels, which in turns contributes to global warming.
Greenpeace organized an international critical mass ride for the Arctic. More than 100 cyclists joined in a ride through downtown Toronto to raise awareness about the risks of oil exploration in the Arctic.
Led by two tall bikes, the ride started at Allan Gardens at Sherbourne and Gerrard ended at a Shell gas station at Spadina and Wellington.
The ride drew young and old, men, women and children, and even a drumming polar bear in a Dutch cargo bike.
Greenpeace’s ‘Save the Arctic’ campaign has drawn almost 4 million supporters, 1 million shy of their 5 million goal. Sign their petition in support of creating a global sanctuary around the North Pole, and banning offshore drilling and destructive industry in the Arctic.