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  • Six Volunteers Scale Shell’s Oil Rig

    Blogpost by Haley Rabic - April 8, 2015 at 9:36

    The Crossing

    Yesterday morning things changed drastically for six volunteers aboard the Greenpeace ship the Esperanza. They boarded Shell’s oil rig, the Polar Pioneer, on the high seas of the Pacific Ocean.

    The volunteers, Aliyah, Zoe, Johno, Miriam, Adreas, and Jens, have been following Shell across the Pacific Ocean for weeks.

    At dawn the six volunteers suited up.

    They deployed a few inflatable boats to move closer to the Polar Pioneer.
    About to deploy

    And then one by one the volunteers made the jump.
    Zoe leaps up the rope (1)

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    They held on for dear life as they swung across the water.
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    And then they began to ascend.
    Johno shows courage

    Andreas was the first to make the climb.
    Andreas Climbing

    Each volunteer extended helping hands to those coming up behind them.
    Climbing onto boat

    And then they continued to climb in search of a safe spot to set up camp.
    climbing ladder (1)

    Once all six volunteer...

  • My reasons for climbing up Shell’s 100-meter high oil rig

    Blogpost by Zoe Buckley Lennox - April 7, 2015 at 13:33


    Before I head off, I want to share with you my reasons for climbing up a 100-meter high oil rig, perched on the back of a cargo ship, swaying in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Just so we’re all on the same page.

    This isn’t just a protest against Shell drilling in the Arctic. I didn’t make the decision to do this ambitious act in a zen-style instant of clarity. For me, taking action like this comes from a deep frustration with something that is bigger than me. And after years of feeling deeply disheartened and completely powerless, I finally found the conviction to step up.

    6 volunteers aboard Shell's rig


    Becoming an adult in the tweens of the 21st century, I was a witness to the abundance of reports that spelled out the gravity of climate change. When I started studying environmental science in 2012, I began to... Read more >

  • By the time you read this, I will be 40 meters up...

    Blogpost by Aliyah Field - April 7, 2015 at 9:30

    team preparing for climb

    By the time you read this, I will be somewhere in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, literally closer to satellites than land. And if you choose to join the six of us, these past few weeks and the ones still to come will have been worth it.


    If you decide to stand with us, all of the worries that are swimming round and round in my mind right now will have become inconsequential. I may have scaled an oil rig on its way to the Arctic, or I may have run into insurmountable obstacles in the process. But I will have tried and we will have poured every ounce of perseverance and skill into the trying.


    I would like to think that I'll be about 40 meters up, literally in the belly of the beast, shining the brightest light we can muster at a devastatingly foolish plan. Shell is determined to dr... Read more >

  • Early Wednesday morning the Pemex oil platform, Abkatun Alpha blew up off the West coast of the Yucatan peninsula. The explosion killed four people and sent 16 to the hospital. 300 people managed to escape the blazing wreckage. Three people are still missing.

    his image, one of several that were made available to Greenpeace by anonymous workers, shows smoke and fire on the shallow-water Abkatun-A Permanente platform in the Campeche Sound in the Gulf of Mexico.This image, one of several that were made available to Greenpeace by anonymous workers, shows smoke and fire on the shallow-water Abkatun, a permanent platform in the Campeche Sound in the Gulf of Mexico.

    The rig might as well have imploded, though, given the swift clamp-down on facts and sudden empty space devoid of independent information. What we know about the blaze is only what Pemex and the Mexican government would tell the world.

    Oil companies are reckless, stumbling, unwieldy behemoths and Pemex is no different. However,... Read more >

  • Shell's profit comes at our expense

    Blogpost by Isadora Wronski - April 3, 2015 at 8:52

    A ships next to a controlled burn of oil on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico near BP's Deepwater Horizon spill source. 06/17/2010 © Daniel Beltrá / Greenpeace

    Climate science has made it clear that Arctic oil needs to stay in the ground if we want to avoid the worst impacts from global climate change. We know it and we also know that Shell knows it too.

    Knowingly going ahead with an Arctic oil exploration programme that would threaten this unique northern environment, the livelihoods of the people who depend on it whilst further altering our climate just for the sake of a company's short term profit is cynical in the extreme. In fact, we think it's totally unacceptable.

    The US government admits there's a 75% chance that oil drilling in the Chukchi sea will result in a large oil spill at some point. And to add to that risk factor; Shell is bringing in Transocean, the same company that owned the rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexcio, kill... Read more >

  • Shell’s Arctic drilling fleet is on the move, right now— and was even before the US government approved the final permits. As you read this, Shell is transporting an oil rig, the Polar Pioneer, across the Pacific, bound for the Arctic. And six bold people are following on the Greenpeace ship Esperanza.

    From around the world six volunteers — Jens, Johno, Miriam, Andreas, Aliyah and Zoe— are on board the Esperanza making #TheCrossing to act as ambassadors of our movement of millions against Arctic oil drilling.

    The six LoP

    The six are hoping that we can draw the world’s attention to Shell’s plans and expose the utter insanity of drilling for oil in the Arctic.

    Shell thinks its billions have bought it a free pass to drill in the Alaskan Arctic, but the one thing the company fears most is people power... Read more >

  • People power the winner on the day

    Blogpost by Sophie Schroder - March 17, 2015 at 15:27

    kids at Paturoa kauri tree

    The battle to save an ancient kauri tree from execution-by -property developer is over: Something is still standing…and it’s certainly not the leg of the Auckland City Council.

    For several days the nation has been transfixed on the epic David and Goliath story of one community’s revolt over consent given to chop down a native kauri and rimu tree thought to be hundreds of years old.

    The consent - ticked off by the council for the land owners, a couple of architects who wanted to build a home there - had not been publicly notified.

    But when it all eventually came out, people living both nearby the site in Auckland’s western suburb of Titirangi and far further afield, decided to go out on a limb.

    Enter Michael Tavares, a well-spoken Waiheke Island local, who upon hearing about the trees’...

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  • Brand new purse seiner raises alarm

    Blogpost by Karli Thomas - March 17, 2015 at 11:41

    With tuna stocks in trouble and too many fishing boats chasing what's left, reports of new vessels are a cause for alarm. The global fishing fleet is estimated to be two and a half times the size needed to sustainably fish our oceans, yet last month Albacora leased yet another ship, adding to their already bloated tuna fleet that includes some of the world's biggest tuna fishing vessels. We can only hope it doesn't take the same attitude to fisheries rules as its thieving sister ship Albacora Uno. Now Echebastar is unleashing a brand new US$39 million, 90 meter, purse seiner on the Indian Ocean, a new monster boat.

    The Indian Ocean is one of the least regulated tuna frontiers, there isn't even a reliable estimate of how much fishing capacity is out there. French company Sapmer is on some s... Read more >

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