Six Volunteers Scale Shell’s Oil Rig
by Haley Rabic
April 7, 2015
© Vincenzo Floramo / Greenpeace
Yesterday morning, things changed drastically for six volunteers aboard the Greenpeace ship the Esperanza. They boarded Shells 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.
And then, one-by-one, the volunteers made the jump.
They held on for dear life as they swung across the water.
And then they began to ascend.
Andreas was the first to make the climb.
Each volunteer extended helping hands to those coming up behind them.
And then they continued to climb in search of a safe spot to set up camp.
Once all six volunteers landed on the rig, they held up a banner that expressed their mission, The People vs Shell.
The volunteers have enough supplies to stay on the rig for days, and they plan on exposing Shell to the world. I think we can all agree that this is an incredible act of courage.