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  • Stand up for what we all stand on!

    Blogpost by Ra - February 26, 2012 at 20:47

    Day three and (nearly four!!) of occupying Shell's drillship the ´Noble Discoverer´. (What a pathetically ironic name.)

    It's been a tough couple of days but I'm getting my second wind now - especially seeing how our action - seven kiwis sitting on a drillship - has caused such a roaring avalanche of disapproval to rain down on the big yellow Shell.

    When we last talked to the team up at the Greenpeace office they told us this is essentially one of the  longest, if not the longest running direct actions in Greenpeace NZ history! That makes us proud because Greenpeace NZ has a long and proud history of direct action in defence of the planet.

    It's not comfortable up here but our discomfort is a small sacrifice and well worth making to raise so much awareness about what Shell want to inf... Read more >

  • Is anyone out there?

    Blogpost by Nick Young - February 26, 2012 at 12:25

    Our brave little team has been occupying the Shell drillship in Taranaki for well over 48 hours now. Raoni, Shayne, Viv, Shai, Lucy and Mike are camped at the very top of the ship's 50m drill tower. All they have with them is what they carried up on their backs.

    While they stay on the ship it won't be leaving for the Arctic to drill for oil. They've succeeded in bringing the world's attention to Shell's reckless plans for the Arctic. They remain determined and don't intend giving up any time soon.

    But it has been tough.

    It's cold, dirty and uncomfortable. They're hungry, and water rations are low. They've contended with loud music blasting at 3am and spotlights shone on them all night. They can't see much of what's happening in the world and hope more than anything that people are list... Read more >

  • Our second night on the drillship

    Blogpost by Viv - February 25, 2012 at 23:24

    We're now reaching the end of our second day occupying the drill tower of Shell's drillship the Noble Discoverer. There's pretty spectacular 360 degree views from up here - we can see seals lolling on the beaches to the south and waves crashing against little islands to the west.

    When we look straight down things ain't quite so pretty. On my way up the drill tower yesterday morning i found myself thinking that this is by far the ugliest structure I've ever climbed, and the words 'rust bucket' have been on all of our lips more than once. It's frightening to think they want to take this old thing into the pristine Arctic - let alone what they what to do with it when they get there.

    There's a few workers on board - not nearly as many as there would be if our action hadn't disrupted the sh... Read more >

  • A #savethearctic groundswell

    Blogpost by Louise Edge - February 25, 2012 at 18:34

    Last night, as our determined activists tried to get some rest in their makeshift tent atop the Noble Discoverer’s 53 metre drill tower, the rest of the Greenpeace world, inspired by their action, kicked in with some action of their own...

    Greenpeace activists across Europe took the #SaveTheArctic message direct to Shell’s place of business.

    Activists visited Shell headquarters in Norway, Denmark and Hamburg, their petrol stations in Denmark and Sweden and the Finns took the message onto the streets of Helsinki.

    This followed on from Greenpeace UK climbers hanging a banner off London’s famous National Gallery highlighting Shell’s Arctic drilling plans, just as Shell execs schmoozed their guests at a private reception inside.  

    We’ve asked people everywhere to email the top brass at Sh... Read more >

  • I had little choice

    Blogpost by Lucy Lawless - February 24, 2012 at 17:03

    What the sHell am I, Lucy, actress and mother, doing scaling a derrick on a drillship in New Zealand??

    My heart was pounding as we made the ascent and my mouth was dry. I felt shell-shocked for half an hour after we reached the top. We have just scaled a 60 metre tower and the wind is buffeting us on all sides. I'm writing this using a small laptop we've brought with us.

    I'm safe, I'm ok, my carabiners are sound, but it was pretty scary! I think I'd rather be home with a latte, but I don't feel that I had a choice.

    Instead of seeing the melting of Arctic sea ice as a dire warning to humanity, the oil barons are cynically using it as an invitation to dig up more of the stuff that caused the problem in the first place. This aging rust bucket, the Noble Discoverer (more like the Ignoble Dest... Read more >

  • Right now Greenpeace activists are stopping a Shell drill ship from leaving the Port of Taranaki in New Zealand for the Arctic.

    Climbers - including actress Lucy Lawless -have scaled the rig's drill derrick and set up camp, equipped with enough gear to last for days.

    Using a solar-powered laptop, our brave activists will be posting updates and photos to the a live feed on the Greenpeace NZ home page

    They are asking you to join them - by sending a message to Shell demanding it stays out of the Arctic.

    Here's why:

    This is an industry that sees its own demise on the horizon. To survive it is prepared to go to the ends of the earth and take extreme risks in search of the last drops of oil. From the Great South Basin below New Zealand to the far reaches of the Arctic, nothing is sacred to Big ... Read more >

  • Why Shell’s spill response plan is a dog's breakfast

    Blogpost by Ben - February 23, 2012 at 17:46

    While we’re Tweeting from the rooftop at London's National Gallery (the banner is now down and Paula Bear is having a wander), we thought you might like to find out a bit more about Shell’s spill response plan – the document which apparently explains what the company will do to block a ruptured well and save this unique Arctic region from catastrophe. 

    This tome was recently given the all clear by US authorities, much to Shell’s delight, but even a quick scan shows that its plans are entirely unable to respond to an accident in the High North.

    The spill plan is full of self-styled “solutions” that have never been properly tested in extreme Arctic conditions. These include a capping and containment system that hasn’t even been built, deflection barriers that won’t work properly... Read more >

  • Tweeting from the rooftops: @Shell, keep out of the Arctic

    Blogpost by Bex - February 23, 2012 at 10:40


    Tweeting from the rooftops: Shell, keep out of the Arctic

    Posted by bex - 21 February 2012 at 4:00pm - 31 Comments

    It’s official. On Friday, Shell got a step closer to drilling for oil in our planet’s last wild ocean - the Arctic. 

    The company’s oil spill response plan for the Chukchi Sea off Alaska was given the all clear by US authorities, even though it’s a work of almost complete fantasy.

    While Shell prepares to start trashing this stunning wilderness, putting it at risk of catastrophic oil spills and more melting as a result of more climate change, its PR people are getting busy. This evening, they’ve invited influential guests to an event at the National Gallery in London, in the hope that those guests will lend the Shell brand a veneer of respe... Read more >

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