Following injunctions and court room battles with Greenpeace, Shell’s most serious violation against one of the planet’s most vulnerable ecosystems seems to be going ahead. Groups of Greenpeace activist are braving adverse conditions to bring the world’s attention to Shell’s actions as Finnish Icebreakers leave harbours in Finland and Sweden. A Finnish Icebreaker is already situated in Alaska showing that this situation spans across several countries and large territories.
An oil spill in the Arctic would be devastating as the area is so remote and difficult to reach. Global warming has made it possible for Shell to enter this region, as the ice blocks melt over summer and icebreakers further destroy the habitat of arctic animals, I have to ask if our dependence on oil is going to lead us to our ultimate destruction.
This is the single most significant moment in saving the Arctic and possibly the wider planet. The remote idyll of our Frozen Plane is about to be crossed, not in the name of science but in the name of greed. I have never witnessed anything so serious in my life time and it’s no wonder that my peers and I are supporting Greenpeace.
Thankfully, the world’s media has been covering this story. Activist delayed the Finnish icebreaker Nordica in Helsinki Harbour on 1st May and today the brave activist have boarded an icebreaker off Sweden’s S.E. coast allowing all of us to bear witness to Shell’s actions.
Protest against oil and gas exploration in the Arctic Ocean is gaining speed with 415,594 people having signed the petition as I write this.
Greenpeace are aiming for half a million people to sign the petition but I think we will see a far bigger outcry by people everywhere. We are all more environmentally aware and tired of a lack of ethics demonstrated by big corporations. After all we have witnessed the Exxon disaster and BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. We cannot stand by and let this happen on our watch any longer.
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