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Saving the Arctic: The Expedition

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We've raised global awareness about the dangers of Arctic oil drilling, climbed oil rigs to obstruct operations, mobilized nearly three million people and celebrated as major oil companies backed off plans to drill in the Arctic.  View a timeline of our campaign. We won't stop until the Arctic is declared a global sancuary.

In 2012, six Greenpeace International activists, including Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo, climbed a rig belonging to Gazprom, a Russian oil company. 

"We can't match Shell's enormous financial muscle, but we have creativity and millions of people behind us. This is the defining environmental battle of our time and we have only just begun."
-Kumi Naidoo, Greenpeace International Executive Director

Saving the Arctic: Stopping Global Warming

Many of us may never get the chance to travel to the top of the world. Yet similar to the places often unseen, the Arctic needs our help. During our most recent Arctic excursion, a crewmember called the Arctic a "big air conditioner."That's because the sea ice in the Arctic regulates our global climate by reflecting sunlight. That ice is melting at a rapid rate meaning the ocean absorbs the sunlight resulting in a warmer earth. This of course causes more sea ice to melt. Sounds like a vicious cycle, huh?

Not only does the Arctic work to regulate the global climate, it's also home to a rich ecosystem and indigenous people who depend on that ecosystem. Polar bears, seals, walruses and whales are just some of the species that call the Arctic home. And it's all in danger.

What is the Threat?

Oil companies are eager to profit from the melting sea ice by drilling in the Arctic. While the entire oil industry is looking to move into the Arctic, Shell is leading the way. Yet they have proven several times that there are in no way Arctic ready with various mishaps including a rig on the loose and a fire aboard their drill ship The Noble Discoverer.  

Despite their very public and very embarassing mistakes, Shell is determined to profit from the Arctic, groundzero of global warming. They're planning to drill in the same spot where Greenpeace and University of Alaska scientist Kelley Newman discovered coral, recorded orca whale calls and talked to the amazing people of Point Hope, Alaska. 

Nevermind that Shell's plans to drill for oil contribute to the vicious cycle of global warming.  The climate in the Arctic can be severe and unpredictable making an oil spill likely-and catastrophic. You would think the Arctic Council, an intergovernmental body of Arctic governments and citizens, would have a solid spill-response plan to prepare for this likely occurence. We were pretty shocked to read in a leaked draft that the Council had no real plan established in the likely case of a spill.

In addition to the new threat from Shell, the Russian oil industry spills 30 million barrels of oil each year. That's seven times the amount that escaped during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  Every 18 months, more than 4 billion barrels spews into the Arctic.

Media Contacts:

Travis Nichols (Atlanta)

Media Contacts:

Cassady Sharp (Washington, DC)

The latest updates

 

Rally Cry: Shell just got one step closer to the Arctic, so we must step up

Blog by Aliyah Field | April 1, 2015

Editors Note: This post was written on board the Greenpeace ship Esperanza, where six volunteers are following Shell’s ship the Polar Pioneer as it makes its way to the Arctic. Visit #TheCrossing to follow their journey across the Pacific. First...

Shell a step closer to US government go-ahead on Arctic drilling plans

Blog by Christine Ottery | April 1, 2015

Originally posted to EnergyDesk Shell – and other oil companies – are one step closer to drilling in the Arctic as the US government has upheld the lease to sell oil and gas drilling rights in the Chukchi Sea. The US government’s Department of...

Shell’s Arctic drilling plan just got Presidential approval

Blog by Rachael Prokop | March 31, 2015

This is outrageous. Today, the Obama administration announced a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and then followed that up by approving Shell’s climate-killing plan to drill in the Arctic. This is a setback, but we’re not giving up.

Shell’s Arctic Drilling Plan Just Got Presidential Approval

Blog by Haley Rabic | March 31, 2015

Sorry, but you do not have permission to view this content. The post Shell’s Arctic Drilling Plan Just Got Presidential Approval appeared first on Greenpeace Blogs .

Despite the Good, the Bad and the Unfunny, Arctic Drilling Still the #WorstJoke We Know

Blog by Cassady Sharp | March 3, 2015

We asked for them, and you delivered some really bad jokes for Greenpeace’s #WorstJoke campaign. However, not one of the worst jokes submitted matches the remarkable unfunniness of Shell’s Arctic drilling plans. And believe me, we watched them...

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