Kumi Naidoo (pictured here), Executive Director of Greenpeace International, is part of a team of 6 Greenpeace activists who have boarded energy giant Gazproms Arctic oil platform Prirazlomnaya off the North-eastern coast of Russia in the Pechora Sea. The activists have supplies that will last for several days. Gazprom looks set to begin full commercial drilling operations by early next year, becoming the first ever company to start commercial oil production in the offshore Arctic.
After attempting a peaceful protest against Gazprom oil drilling in the Russian Arctic, the Russian authorities seized the Greenpeace ship, the Arctic Sunrise, and 30 international activists. Everyone from the climbers to the cooks have been charged with two months in jail pending a piracy investigation.
Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo tells Democracy Nowwhy nonviolent protest is not piracy, but is essential to moving forward on climate change and protecting our planet.