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  • New Antarctic Ocean Alliance to blaze trail for marine reserves

    Blogpost by Richard Page - February 29, 2012 at 8:07

    According to some people, 2012 is supposed to be a year of transformative events. Well I don’t know about astronomical alignments, the Mayan calendar and all that, but for us oceans campaigners, 2012 is definitely significant – for 2012 is the year by which the world’s governments should have committed to a global network of marine protected areas. The shocking thing is that for all the fine words, currently our oceans are unprotected: only a mere 5.9percent of national waters and just 0.5percent of international waters are set aside as off-limits to destructive fishing, energy exploration and other industrial threats, leaving the vast majority open to plunder. While it may not be the end of the world just yet, scientists from theCensus of Marine Life  and IPSO  have been warning us that th...

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  • As we sat anxiously in the office last Friday waiting for the 'we made it' call we never dreamed that four days later we would have witnessed such a massive media storm, such overwhelming global support and such tenacity from our friends who hung on so long.

    This has been a fitting first chapter for what will undoubtedly be an epic battle. The battle to save one of the most beautiful, unique and iconic places on earth from the seemingly  insatiable greed of the oil industry. A battle to save the world from climate change - the greatest threat we face today.

    Throughout this time Shell has tried to say they want to talk, to explain how they can drill safely in the frozen Arctic, and that there's nothing to worry about. But both common sense and scientific consensus tells us there is no wa... Read more >

  • Day four on the drillship

    Blogpost by Viv, Lucy, Ra, Mike, Shayne and Shai - February 27, 2012 at 9:48

    Fourth day here on the Shell drillship and a gorgeous sunrise after a night of being shelled by sound bombs over the loud speaker... beautiful Texan accents, white noise, feedback sounds at intermitent intervals... made us howl with laughter waking ourselves up again. Ninja Mike got out of his hammock, took our chintzy wireless radio and held it up to the drilling tower's intercom system. After a good blast of La Cucaracha blaring from every speaker on the entire ship, we were allowed to sleep in peace...

    ...until 6am this morning, when we were notified that the ship was going to be turned 180 degrees to refuel. Good of them to give us half an hour´s notice and to advise us to secure ourselves and our belongings.

    We’ve heard there is lots of discussion throughout town about what a rust-... Read more >

  • 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 >

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