Greenpeace: Marine ecosystems at risk
The photographs and videos produced by Greenpeace reveal the Arctic marine ecosystems commonly perceived to be clean, actually are at risk. The material has been shot at the Barents Sea, Greenland and the Arctic regions of Canada.
As the ice in Barents Sea has retreated due to global warming, fishing boats have increasingly headed towards one of the last remaining large, intact marine ecosystems in Europe. Fishing takes place in the form of bottom trawling, in which the fishing gear scrapes along the seafloor, destroying the life forms in its path.
Meanwhile in the Arctic region of Canada, a small Inuit community in Clyde River is fighting for the preservation of its native environment and its ancient relationship with nature. The vulnerable marine environment is threatened by seismic blasting commissioned by international oil companies. Seismic blasting refers to the practice of blasting the seafloor with airguns in order to find oil. The blasting repels animals and is a danger to the community as it disrupts hunting fishing, the most important sources of food for the Inuits.
The Finnish Museum of Photography