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  • It’s a rare and beautiful thing when people all across the world unite in defense of peaceful protest and action on climate change. That’s what happened this past weekend when thousands of people took part in solidarity events for the Arctic 30, a group of activists and independent journalists currently detained on piracy charges in Russia after a peaceful protest to stop climate change.

    Thousands of people raised their voices at 250 solidarity events in nearly 50 countries across every continent. The vigils started at sunrise and continued all day until sunset the other side of the world in cities from Bangkok to Washington DC, from Moscow to Mexico City. They were joined by human rights groups, trade unionists, faith groups, students and environmentalists. Global figures like Alejandro S...

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  • In a recent news item on the BBC, Artur Akopov, chief of operations on the Prirazlomnaya, made a number of absurd claims about the safety of the peaceful Greenpeace action on the side of Gazprom’s giant oil platform. In a subsequent report, the company also made some peculiar comments on its ability to successfully clean up an oil spill in the freezing waters of the Arctic.

    We tend to hear this sort of thing from the oil industry now and again, about how they’ve finally mastered the most extreme environment on earth and have everything at their disposal to drill through the thickest ice without any problems. Usually we ignore this type of verbosity, knowing that it’s all talk, but this time is different.

    Given the seriousness of the charges the Arctic 30 face, I think it’s important to se... Read more >

  • Sini, the quiet hero

    Blogpost by Harri Lammi - October 8, 2013 at 9:33

    My friend Sini Saarela is in jail in Murmansk, along with many other Greenpeace International activists. They are some of the first people in the world to face long jail sentences because they followed their conviction and acted against climate change, because they peacefully demonstrated against Arctic oil drilling. Sini and the Arctic activists are doing something which millions of people would agree is very urgent: keeping fossil fuels away from our atmosphere.

    Henry Thoreau, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King all claimed that there will be times when individual people have a moral duty to conduct civil disobedience. I believe, that with the climate crisis getting worse, we have now reached such a moment.

    Let's have a recap of the facts. Russian oil giant Gazprom, disregarding the... Read more >

  • We need 30 Twitter millionaires to #FreeTheArctic30

    Blogpost by Nick Young - October 4, 2013 at 11:32
    We just found out that our friends are being charged with piracy for standing up to Gazprom. It’s an incredibly serious charge and carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in a Russian jail. Please tweet these people with millions of followers to help #FreeTheArctic30.

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    UPDATE: The Twitter millionaire tally is growing rapidly: showing their support for the Arctic 30 are Stephen FryRussell BrandAlejandro SanzEugenio DerbézMarcelo TinelliMurat DalkiliçJared LetoFrankie BoyleCafé TacubaNeil GaimanSimon PeggDavina McCallAnne-Curtis SmithJugs Jugueta, and Deepak Chopra.

     It’s an outrage. These 30 men and women were acting peacefully and with all of our futures at heart. Now it’s our turn to step up to help them. It’s time to create a global outcry - the ...

  • An assault on the very principle of peaceful protest

    Blogpost by Jess Wilson - October 4, 2013 at 9:23