No weather ever seems too brutal for Greenpeace actions nowadays. Over the weekend, a group of some twenty amazing Greenpeace volunteers, myself included, put together some dance steps and went on the move all around downtown Toronto flash mobbing at some of the busiest locations of the city! It was hot, but it was a good reminder to us and the public we met in Toronto that the heat is real: global climate change is melting the Arctic.
That's why we danced to the song, "hot hot hot". We danced to create a spectacle and get more attention for our international campaign to ban industrial fishing and oil drilling in the uninhabited areas of the Arctic. As the sea ice melts, more exploitative industries are planning to move into the Arctic, so Greenpeace is starting to mobilize people around the world to stop Arctic destruction before it goes any further.
I remember the sun beating down on my neck, shielding my eyes from the sun, sweat trickling down my back, and my water turning bath-time-warm. Though somehow it was still the most incredible feeling - I knew I was doing something to help Save the Arctic, a place so beautiful, and that I so proudly call home, as I was born and raised in the Yukon.
I knew that what we did that day would make a difference in the future, no matter how small. At every one of our dance stops, I rocked my little heart out, tripped over my flip flops, and made sure my sarong wasn’t creeping downwards, all the while sporting the goofiest grin imaginable. At one point, I jumped into the bear suit for a short shift, and let me tell you, the person that was in there before me had a nice sweat party in there, so I did a little “swimming”. But hey, anything for Greenpeace!
But all that said, it was an absolutely incredible experience. I started the day not really knowing what to expect, as we taught the crew the moves on the day of, but it turned out so much better than I imagined! Everyone was smiling, having a great time, and in the end, that’s what really counts isn’t it? Saving the world and having a blast while doing it. I really hope we’ll be able to do more flash mobs in the near future with even more people! A super flash mob!
I’m going to have to work on my moves…
Erika Tran is a volunteer with Greenpeace in Toronto.