Live action! Activists confront Shell

Feature Story - 23 February, 2012
Around the world, fossil fuel companies are encroaching further and deeper into our few remaining pristine environments to exploit resources. Who’s going to stop them?

Actor Lucy Lawless joins Greenpeace New Zealand activists in stopping a Shell-contracted drillship from departing the port of Taranaki for the remote Arctic, where its exploratory oil drilling programme threatens to devastate the Alaskan coastline. Six Greenpeace New Zealand activists, along with Lawless, famous for her roles in 'Xena: Warrior Princess' and 'Spartacus', board the vessel, scaled its 53 metre drilling derrick and are hanging banners from its summit, reading Stop Shell and #SaveTheArctic. They are equipped with survival gear and enough supplies to last for several days.

Today, Greenpeace activists in New Zealand have put their hand up. Right now they are attempting to end one of the insanities of today – oil drilling in the pristine and fragile waters of the Arctic.

They are blocking the departure of a drill ship bound for the Alaskan Arctic, exposing Shell’s efforts to move their operations to an area where oil spill clean ups are nearly impossible.

TAKE ACTION: Email Shell’s CEO Peter Vosser

75% of the Arctic sea ice has been melted in the last 30 years. Shell doesn’t see this melting as the stark warning that it is. Instead it sees the retreat of the ice as an opportunity to drill for oil, one of the main drivers of climate change. This is madness. It’s like trying to put out a fire with gasoline.

We have to keep oil companies like Shell out of the Arctic. They are planning to drill wells later this year, and their own oil spill response plan shows they would struggle to deal with an accident in the icy waters of Alaska. Deep sea oil drilling is incredibly dangerous and threatens species already under pressure from climate change like polar bears.

We can not drill and mine for fossil fuels with complete disregard to the health and security of our planet.

We must challenge damaging practices that belong to yesterday, and drive solutions for tomorrow.

Read blog: Top 10 reasons why Arctic oil drilling is a dumb idea