Jude Signs Arctic Declaration

18 October 2014

Labour MEP for the North East signed the ‘Arctic Declaration’ on Saturday, adding Jude Kirton-Darling’s name to hundreds of other community leaders around the globe who are taking a stand against threats to the vulnerable and beautiful Arctic, and the people and animals that live there. By signing the declaration, she is publicly recognising the need for urgent action to limit climate change, which has already melted as much as three-quarters of the floating Arctic sea ice.

The ‘Arctic Declaration’, facilitated by Greenpeace, demands a ban on offshore oil drilling and destructive fishing in the Arctic and calls for the creation of an Arctic sanctuary around the North Pole. It acknowledges that the top of the world is the common heritage of mankind and should be secured for future generations instead of exploited for natural resources. She underlined that Arctic protection is a global issue which affects all of us, and which needs global political attention.

Jude Kirton-Darling, said "you don’t have to be from the Arctic to care about what happens to this crucial region. It is time to move away from our dependence on fossil fuels and build a future based on smart, renewable energy that will increase our resilience,create jobs in the North-East and help us stabilize climate change, while protecting such an important place at the same time".

As the Arctic melts millions face devastating extreme weather events linked to warmer ocean currents. Coastal cities are already counting the cost of rising sea levels, while island states could disappear entirely. Some of the poorest people on Earth are set to suffer first and most acutely.

Launched in May 2014, the Arctic Declaration has already secured widespread support. Signatories include Sir Richard Branson, current Dr Who Peter Capaldi, fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, Sir Paul McCartney MBE and global the human rights organization Amnesty International.     

Read more about Greenpeace’s Save the Arctic campaign.

See a full list of signatories for the Arctic Declaration.

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