Free the Arctic 30

Its day 21 and the Arctic Sunrise Crew are still in detention in Murmansk. The appeal to release crew member Ekaterina Zaspa, activist Andrey Allakhverdov and freelance photographer Denis Sinyakov on bail was refused by the Regional Court of Murmansk on Tuesday. We all pray for the safety of the Arctic 30 and long for a better future for the Arctic itself.

The crew members have been charged with 'piracy' an absurd charge. If popping an unwelcome banner on a oil rig is 'piracy' so is pop-up ads on the internet. Its true that laws and rules were broken but in the words of International Law Expert, Eugene Kontorovich, "One should not mistake the rules of International Laws with those of morality or decency or environmentalism; sometimes they coincide sometimes they don't."

We are at the crossroads of our civilization.The verdicts at Murmansk will affect more than just the future of the Arctic 30. Its not just a case of Greenpeace vs Gazprom but a question of how far and how long our economic considerations will out-weigh our moral responsibility.

Greenpeace International contracted freelance photographer Denis Sinyakov (from Russia) at the Leninsky District Court Of MurmanskGreenpeace International contracted freelance photographer Denis Sinyakov (from Russia) at the Leninsky District Court Of Murmansk

The Arctic is the last shining beacon of all that is pure and pristine on this planet. Putting holes to dig for oil in the Arctic is akin to punching holes in the last inflatable boat left on the 'Titanic' while its sinking. I hope that the Arctic doesn't get washed in a sea of black and give all my hope, faith and love to the brave Arctic 30.

In the words of Ronald Wright the author of A short history of progress, “If civilization is to survive, it must live on the interest, not the capital, of nature.” The next few days will be pivotal as the fate of Arctic 30 hangs in the balance.The verdict may well reflect if we have truly sold our souls for a few dollars more.

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Shiwang Singh is a Strategic Response Campaigner with Greenpeace India.