Greenpeace activists take action against Gazprom’s Arctic plans

Feature story - September 10, 2012
Over the past couple weeks, Greenpeace initiated a series of actions to pressure Gazprom, one of the world’s biggest energy companies, to abandon its reckless plans to drill for oil in the pristine waters of the Russian Arctic.

On September 5, a team of 10 Greenpeace activists dressed in polar bear costumes were arrested after they set up an Arctic sanctuary outside Gazprom’s headquarters in Moscow, where they locked themselves on to gates amid snow flurries and curious onlookers.

At the same time outside the Gazprom offices in Berlin, Greenpeace activists set up a leaking oil pipe is spewing fake oil all over ice, reminding Gazprom just how difficult it would be to clean up an accident in the frozen north.

On August 24, Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo and a team of activists took direct action to stop Gazprom’s oil platform Prirazlomnaya as it prepares to drill in the Pechora Sea. This rusting monstrosity could be the first ever platform anywhere on the planet that will produce commercial quantities of oil from the offshore Arctic.

Not only would a spill in the Arctic be impossible to clean up, we cannot afford to burn vast amounts of new greenhouse gases if we’re serious about tackling global climate change. As sea ice in the high north reaches record low levels, the message couldn’t be clearer: the Arctic is in crisis and we must act to save it.

This means creating a sanctuary at the top of the planet to protect this unique region forever. It means banning all oil drilling and keeping the Arctic off-limits to industrial fishing. We can do it, but we need your help.

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