The news out of Rio is that Greenpeace is launching a bold campaign to have the Arctic region declared a Sanctuary by the United Nations. Lucy is one of 100 who have sign the petition that will go global at 8 am Rio time (in half an hour)

The first 100 signatories on the new petition include explorers, business leaders, actors and musicians (that includes Lucy)

Watch The Video by John Hurt

Legendary actor John Hurt has lent his iconic voice to Greenpeace's latest global campaign to 'Save The Arctic'.

The star of classic movies 'Alien' and 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' does gravelly voice over duties for the charity's alarming new video 'Vicious Circle'.

Speaking about the project, Hurt said: "I will do whatever I can to help your endeavour to save the Arctic from human disaster. I have been told that I should Twitter and I have been a touch old fashioned about it, perhaps this should spur me on to open an account!"

Greenpeace explained furthermore: "The campaign was launched today because the Arctic Circle is defined as the area of the globe where on the summer solstice - June 21st - the sun never sets for a whole day."

An official statement on their website reads:

"The fragile Arctic is under threat from both climate change and oil drilling. As climate change melts the Arctic ice, oil companies are moving in to extract more of the fossil fuels that caused the melt in the first place. But above the Arctic circle, freezing temperatures, a narrow drilling window and a remote location mean that an oil spill would be almost impossible to deal with. It's a catastrophe waiting to happen. Greenpeace is working to halt climate change and to stop this new oil rush at the top of the world."

Images from the film HOME, by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, produced by Europacorp.




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