Days ago, several ships hired by Russian oil company Rosneft were found in the waters of Wrangel Island, a nature reserve in the Arctic Ocean also known as the "polar bear nursery."

Tell Irina Bokova, the UNESCO Director General, to intervene to stop oil-related industrial activities within the boundaries of the Wrangel Island nature reserve.

Any industrial activity inside the reserve is illegal. Ships are highly restricted because they threaten the polar bears, walruses, grey whales and endangered birds that live there.

Worse, Rosneft may have done seismic testing to search for oil -- blasts of noise so loud and intense they can be devastating, even deadly, to marine mammals. 

Wrangel Island is the only UNESCO World Heritage site in the Arctic part of the Eastern Hemisphere, with a protected status similar to the Galapagos Islands. 

Act now to protect it. 

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