Stop Shell's Artic Drilling: Greenpeace Climbers Scale London's National Gallery in Protest

Video | February 23, 2012

Last week, Shell got a step closer to drilling for oil in our planet’s last wild ocean - the Arctic. 

The company’s oil spill response plan for the Chukchi Sea off Alaska was given the all clear by US authorities, even though it’s a work of almost complete fantasy.

While Shell prepares to start trashing this stunning wilderness, putting it at risk of catastrophic oil spills and more melting as a result of more climate change, its PR people got busy and invited influential guests to an event at the National Gallery in London, in the hope that those guests will lend the Shell brand a veneer of respectability.

Greenpeace UK decided to tell the guests the truth: this year Shell is planning to drill for oil in the pristine waters of the Arctic, and its plans will change this fragile wilderness forever. 

So climbers made sure that guests at the National Gallery were met with an unexpected picture when they arrived after unfurling a huge banner with the words “It’s no oil painting”.

Watch the action and the unfurling here:

Climbers from Greenpeace UK unfurl a banner reading "It's No Oil Painting" off the roof of central London's National Gallery where Shell, who is getting ready to drill in, and jeopardize the fragile Arctic environment, was holding a PR event.