Emma Thompson Heading To The North Pole

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August 5, 2014 | 11:15am EST

British actress Emma Thompson is traveling to the North Pole to highlight environmental issues threatening the Arctic.
The Harry Potter star is backing a Greenpeace drive to protect the region from oil drilling and industrial fishing, and she is heading out on an expedition to the icy summit along with her teenage daughter Gaia and Canadian actress Michelle Thrush.
The group began the journey on Monday after undergoing training in London, and Thompson has been pictured wrapped up warm and sporting a life jacket on a boat at the beginning of the trek.
In a video, she says, “Please follow us (during the trip). I’m not very good with social media but my daughter is going to force me to tweet. I think there is going to be a spot of Instagraming (sic) going on. We need millions and millions of people to say to all the governments of the world we need to protect the arctic…”
Thompson has launched a petition in support of the campaign, and her trip has received backing from celebrity friends including her Saving Mr. Banks co-star Tom Hanks, who writes in a post on Twitter.com, “If you think there is no hope for the Arctic, you don’t know my pal Emma! Go, ers! #savethearctic…” and Hugh Grant, who adds, “The increasingly insane Emma Thompson is sailing with Greenpeace to help #savethearctic. Track her and laugh at her anoraks @savethearctic (sic).”

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