Legendary Beatle and outspoken activist Sir Paul McCartney has joined the Greenpeace campaign to make the Arctic a protected sanctuary.
“I've joined Greenpeace's campaign to create a legally protected sanctuary around the North Pole and a ban on oil drilling and industrial fishing in Arctic waters. My name will be among at least 2 million that Greenpeace is taking to the pole and planting on the seabed 4 kilometers beneath the ice. We're coming together to secure the Arctic for all life on Earth,” McCartney wrote in a piece for the Huffington Post.
McCartney joins other big names — such as Penelope Cruz, Sir Richard Branson, Thom Yorke, Woody Harrelson and Jude Law — who have pledged their support for the cause.
According to Greenpeace, in the past 30 years, the floating ice cap in the Arctic has shrunk by as much as three-quarters, and the rate at which it is melting is due to human use of fossil fuels. The group warned that if things continue this way, the Arctic could be ice-free for the first time in human history.
The Greenpeace campaign is looking to make it illegal for oil companies to drill in the Arctic, claiming that the amount of oil in the area is not enough to offset the risks, including the fact that it would be difficult to contain oil spills.
However, it is not just the oil industry Greenpeace is going after. The group wants to promote sustainable fishing in the area by keeping giant companies out of the Arctic Ocean.
Greenpeace also wants to make the Arctic into a protected sanctuary in order to maintain peace in the area. The group worries that if it is opened up for drilling and other exploitation, it will become a hotbed for military conflict. Greenpeace is hoping the Arctic, like Antarctica, will be a place designated for peace and science.
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