Greenpeace Plants Flag in Artic Seabed; Proclaims a Mining-free Sanctuary
April 16, 2013 Dominic Kane / Al Jazeera & Fault Lines / Al Jazeera
A Greenpeace team has trekked to North Pole to plant a flag on the Arctic seabed, thereby laying claim to the region as declaring it a sanctuary free of mining and exploitation. In an earlier report, Al Jazeera's Fault Lines team travels to the Arctic Circle to investigate the impact a resource rush might have on local communities.
Activists Plant Flag on Arctic Seabed Dominic Kane / Al Jazeera
(April 15, 2013) -- A team of young explorers working with Greenpeace has trekked to the North Pole to plant a flag on the seabed. It is part of a campaign to create a sanctuary there. The so-called Flag for the Future was part of a capsule containing the names of three million people who oppose mining in the Arctic.
(November 14, 2012) -- Fault Lines looks at the potential environmental impact of resource extraction in the Arctic, and what that might mean for the people who live there.
The UN has imposed a 2013 deadline for the submission of scientific claims to the Arctic seabed. It is the precursor to a resource boom, which would see Canada, the US, Russia, Norway and Greenland all attempt to exploit the region's resources.
These Arctic countries are desperately mapping out their territories so they can tap into the fossil fuels and minerals locked beneath the fast melting ice.
And with global warming speeding up the melting of the Polar ice caps, potential shipping routes are opening up - raising concerns about oil spills, and control over these new passageways.
Fault Lines' Josh Rushing heads to the Far North to see first-hand how Arctic countries are responding to the potential bonanza.
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