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To The Arctic Council With Love

Blog entry by Markus Power, Volunteer Coordinator | 23 April, 2013 1 comment

Last Saturday, on April 20, more than 10,000 people came together all across the globe to take a stand for the Arctic. Organisers hosted human banners in the shape of a heart, spelling out 'I Love Arctic', in more than 280 cities in 38...

Thousands gathering today to spell out I LOVE ARCTIC

Blog entry by Markus Power, Volunteer Coordinator | 20 April, 2013

It was the 5th of October last year when more than 20 of my colleagues and I met in Paris. We are all Volunteer Coordinators here at Greenpeace, and the question that took us to France on that day was "How can we take our demands for...

Arctic Protection Demands Political Leadership

Blog entry by Sune Scheller | 12 April, 2013

Greenpeace’s Team Aurora is currently on its way to the North Pole, where they will plant a ‘flag for the future’ on the Arctic seabed alongside almost three million signatures from people demanding that the Arctic is protected from...

At the North Pole, A New World

Blog entry by James Turner | 11 April, 2013 2 comments

I'm writing this inside a small yellow tent on the frozen Arctic Ocean, while shoveling snow into a kettle. I'm on my way to the North Pole with a group of young people to declare it protected and call for a sanctuary there. Today...

Bearing witness to Statoil's Arctic oil drilling madness

Blog entry by Martin Norman, Greenpeace Nordic | 10 April, 2013 1 comment

I’m eating butter straight out of the package to keep my body fat high enough to withstand the cold and to resupply myself with sufficient energy. But this morning I’ve received an energy boost far better than any free-roaming cow can...

Carrying the warmth of Africa

Blog entry by Monica Davies, Greenpeace Africa | 9 April, 2013

Africa and the Arctic. It seems like all those two places have in common is the same first letter. One is known for its abundant wildlife, almost year-round sunshine, and as the home of over 1 billion people. And the other, at...

Spare a thought for us, and our frozen fingers

Blog entry by James Turner | 8 April, 2013 4 comments

We touched down at Barneo base Friday afternoon, a small outpost of humanity in the middle of this great frozen ocean. It's created each year to serve polar explorers, scientists and now, Save the Arctic activists. Our arrival was...

The Stars Align Over the North Pole

Blog entry by Josefina Skerk | 7 April, 2013 4 comments

Today is the day we have been all been waiting for, and we have some exciting news to share with you. When we planned this expedition, our ambition was big already — to ski to the North Pole to lower a special pod and a flag for the...

Team Aurora rides North

Blog entry by Anna Jones | 5 April, 2013 2 comments

Anna Jones is a Greenpeace campaigner from the UK, and the project leader of the North Pole Expedition. She sent us this message today from Svalbard, midway between mainland Norway and the North Pole. I've just said goodbye to ...

Warming up for the North Pole, keeping a promise we made

Blog entry by Iris Andrews | 3 April, 2013 1 comment

Last June, as we launched our campaign to  save the Arctic , we made a promise. We promised that if a million joined our movement, we would take their names to the North Pole and plant them on the seabed 4km beneath the ice as...

Good news for the Arctic from Scotland and Greenland

Blog entry by Ben Ayliffe | 28 March, 2013 1 comment

The Scottish Court of Session has denied Cairn Energy (the wildcat oil firm that spent over US $1 billion failing to find oil off the coast of Greenland) a permanent injunction against Greenpeace International following a peaceful...

The word is out: Shell 'screwed up' in 2012

Blog entry by Aaron Gray-Block | 15 March, 2013 5 comments

No truer words were said than US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar when he bluntly pointed out on Thursday that Shell "screwed up in 2012" during its chaotic attempt to drill for Arctic oil. In a damning assessment of Shell's...

Norway's Statoil puts its Arctic drilling plans on the shelf

Blog entry by Truls Gulowsen | 8 March, 2013 2 comments

Shell’s spectacular series of mishaps in Alaska has definitely not been going down unnoticed in the oil industry. The Norwegian state-owned oil company Statoil is slowing down plans to drill for oil in US Arctic waters after Shell’s...

Oh Council, where art thou?

Blog entry by Ben Ayliffe | 4 February, 2013 4 comments

While the thought of official councils — with their high-level policy workshops and multilateral task forces — is enough to send most sensible people into fits of abysmal loathing, there is one such council that anyone passionate about...

Needed: A real Constitution for the Oceans!

Blog entry by Daniel Mittler | 14 December, 2012 2 comments

There is nothing as relaxing to me as the sound of waves. (Real waves – not New Age CDs with wave sounds, mind you). But when I stand by the oceans these days, I can't relax entirely. I cannot but think of the wild west exploitation...

An urgent call to President Putin to defend the rights of the Indigenous Peoples of...

Blog entry by Jon Burgwald | 14 November, 2012 5 comments

We’re hearing deeply troubling news from Russia today: an ally in the struggle to protect the Arctic and the largest association of Indigenous Peoples of Russia has been ordered by the Russian government to close its doors. >>...

Guess who Shell thinks is a major 'challenge' to their Arctic plans? You.

Blog entry by James Turner | 6 November, 2012 7 comments

We found more proof that Shell is getting seriously worried about our new movement to save the Arctic. Last month in Brussels Shell’s senior Arctic advisor, Robert Blaauw, presented the company’s plans at a conference called "Arctic...

Sea ice – the highs and lows

Blog entry by Ben Ayliffe | 18 October, 2012 2 comments

There has been a flurry of recent news stories picking up on new scientific data showing increased sea ice at the South Pole. This is because the sea ice circling Antarctica reached a record high level late last month, extending 7...

America's weakening thirst for oil is Houston's growing problem

Blog entry by James Turner | 17 October, 2012 3 comments

Oil companies have a secret. Or rather, there's a crucial fact that they'd prefer you didn't know. Right now it's taken as gospel that America needs increasing amounts of oil, and that drilling here in the U.S. will help provide it.

Twitter competition: #TellShell to stay out of the Arctic and win one of 50 very cool...

Blog entry by JulietteH | 18 July, 2012 11 comments

UPDATE: The competition is now closed - Polar bears won. Make sure you follow @ Greenpeace on twitter so we can DM you in case you're one of the 50 randomly picked winner! Shell is getting ready to start exploratory oil drilling...

Together we can save the Arctic

Blog entry by Richard George | 21 June, 2012 13 comments

The Arctic is under threat. As you read this, oil companies and politicians are plotting to carve up the icy north, extending their national territories and searching for drill sites. But with your help, we can draw a line in the ice...

Plastic Arctic

Blog entry by Clare Miller | 1 September, 2011 6 comments

For many people the Arctic is seen as one of the last wilderness regions left where there has been limited human impact. However, sampling of marine plastic debris over the past few days shows that the far reaching effects of mankind...

Peaceful activism: 1, billionaire oil company: 0

Blog entry by JulietteH | 5 October, 2012 9 comments

It’s not often that one of the world’s richest companies doesn't get what it wants. But today in a Dutch court, Shell not only failed to win the sweeping injunction it applied for, but was told in quite forceful terms that it must...

Shell’s Facebook moment of truth?

Blog entry by Ben Ayliffe | 19 July, 2012 8 comments

If there’s one thing to love about social media, it’s this: no matter how many millions companies like Shell throw at it, they’ll never crack it. Because they don’t control the message -- you do. Shell spends a ridiculous amount...

The chaotic case of Shell’s non-Arctic ready Arctic fleet

Blog entry by Ben Ayliffe | 19 July, 2012

UPDATE : Over the weekend, Shell quite literally ran into further problems with its near-farcical attempts to drill in the Arctic when its dilapidated drillship Noble Discoverer appeared to run aground after slipping its...

Will brooms and shovels clean up the Arctic?

Blog entry by JulietteH | 16 March, 2012 3 comments

New Zealand and Finland are practically on opposite sides of the planet, and quite a long way away from Alaska. Yet, they are the two starting points for Shell’s fleet of rented and commissioned ships that are preparing to get together...

The Arctic nightmare Russian authorities don’t want you to see

Blog entry by Christy Ferguson | 24 August, 2013 6 comments

I’m on board the Greenpeace icebreaker Arctic Sunrise, about to cross into an area of the Arctic that Russian authorities don’t want us to see. They’ve contravened international law by denying our ship access to an important sea route...

Our blackened boots expose the truth in the Russian Arctic

Blog entry by Zhenya Belyakova | 10 June, 2013 4 comments

Right now I am in the Russian Arctic as part of a Greenpeace factfinding mission. We are near a town called Pyt'-Yah, in the Khanty-Mansi region of Siberia, which is surrounded by Rosneft oil fields, the largest public oil company in...

Russian Indigenous communities clean up Rusvietpetro’s oil spill as company does nothing

Blog entry by Laura Kenyon | 5 June, 2013 2 comments

On May 26, oil began flowing down the Kolva River through Komi Indigenous land in Northern Russia. For a week now the oil has been coating the river and building up on the banks, with no reaction from Rusvietpetro, the joint venture...

50 shades of Arctic oil thanks to green and progressive Norway?

Blog entry by Cristiana De Lia, Arctic Campaigner | 25 April, 2013 5 comments

This morning three Greenpeace polar bears chained themselves to oil barrels in front of Norwegian energy firm Statoil’s office in central Moscow. Holding banners reading “Arctic worth more than oil” and “Arctic not for sale,” our...

When is inevitable not inevitable?

Blog entry by Charlie Kronick | 12 April, 2013 2 comments

The end of 2012 and first months of 2013 have seen a remarkable change in the fight to protect the Arctic from risky and dangerous oil exploration.    Three oil “majors” –   Total , Statoil and Conoco-Phillips - have withdrawn from...

Sami Lessons in Caring for Nature and Love

Blog entry by Josefina Skerk | 10 April, 2013

I'm leaving soon. My mother is worrying; she doesn't say much about it but she has been knitting me a lot of warm socks since I joined the expedition team. She is the foundation of why I am doing this, as she has given me the gift of a...

Shell abandons 2013 Arctic drilling: Timeline of Greenpeace’s Shell campaign

Blog entry by Cassady Sharp | 28 February, 2013

For those of you who missed any of the drama from Shell’s season in the Arctic, the finale revealed-SPOILER ALERT-that 2013 Arctic drilling is a no go. While Greenpeace welcomes this news with a “hip hip hooray”, it’s not a huge...

The melting Arctic must not be an excuse for a resource grab: UNEP

Blog entry by Kaisa Kosonen | 27 February, 2013 1 comment

The speed of changes in the Arctic is hard to grasp. The Arctic Ocean has been covered by sea ice for most of the past three million years. But now it is melting before our eyes and could see its first ice-free summer in a couple of...

Obama's climate legacy will start when Shell’s Arctic drilling stops

Blog entry by Ben Ayliffe | 21 February, 2013 1 comment

Since Shell's Kulluk rig ran aground off Alaska, the US Department of Interior and the US Coast Guard have both launched independent investigations to find out what went wrong with the company's drilling operations in the far north. ...

In Davos, Shell fuel station shut down in Arctic protest

Blog entry by Ben Stewart | 25 January, 2013 2 comments

I'm standing outside a Shell petrol station in Davos, looking at polar bears on the roof with a huge banner that says ARCTIC OIL - TOO RISKY. Twenty-five activists have shut down the station, some of whom are chained to the pumps.

No escape from the glare of the public eye

Blog entry by Ben Stewart | 24 January, 2013 2 comments

Davos, where the 1% come to be among themselves. Black SUVs cruise the icy roads, snipers crouch on rooftops, bodyguards step out of hotel doorways and survey the scene before their charges follow them onto the pavement and billion...

Petrobras abandons plans for deep sea oil drilling in New Zealand

Blog entry by Aaron Gray-Block | 4 December, 2012 3 comments

It's fantastic news for the region's coastal communities and beyond: Brazilian oil giant Petrobras has abandoned its plans for deep sea oil drilling off the coast of New Zealand! The world's third largest oil company has decided...

Hurricane Sandy shows what happens in the Arctic doesn’t stay in the Arctic

Blog entry by Travis Nichols | 2 November, 2012 2 comments

This week, Shell finally put its 2012 Arctic drilling season out of its misery .  After a summer of snafus and false starts, the window for drilling closed on the global oil giant–until next year when it plans to try once again to...

Shell is trying to stifle your freedom of expression

Blog entry by Ben Ayliffe | 21 September, 2012 11 comments

Last Friday, activists from Greenpeace Netherlands showed up in Shell gas stations in their country and blocked the petrol pumps. They were protesting against Shell’s reckless Arctic drilling plans – which has since then been...

Finding heart in the melting Arctic

Blog entry by Sara Ayech | 19 September, 2012 12 comments

The record has already been broken – but it is about to be shattered. This isn't the kind of record you wish to remember and tell your grandchildren about. This is no tale of great sporting achievement like Usain Bolt smashing...

Australian coal: a recipe for climate disaster

Blog entry by Aaron Gray-Block | 18 September, 2012 4 comments

Everything about the Galilee Basin in Australia is epic. Its name, its size and sparse beauty as well as the enormous amount of coal buried just under the soil and the scale of mining being proposed to dig it up. But eclipsing all...

SUCCESS! Shell stops Arctic oil drilling for this year

Blog entry by Ben Ayliffe | 17 September, 2012 23 comments

You did it. For over six months, huge numbers of us have been pressuring Shell to stay out of the Arctic. Well this morning, company bosses announced they were scrapping their oil drilling programme for this year. It's a huge ...

Going to the Arctic to witness history

Blog entry by Sara Ayech | 7 September, 2012

I’m aboard the Greenpeace ship, the Arctic Sunrise, just out of Tromsø in northern Norway, to  journey far north, to the edge of the Arctic sea ice. We’ll be there for the sea ice minimum, the moment each year where the sea ice...

Arctic Sea Ice minimum - new record is set in 2012

Blog entry by cleronde | 27 August, 2012 4 comments

In the Greenpeace office, staff have developed a bad habit. We take our seats, switch our computers on and click on the bookmark to the National Snow and Ice Data Center website. Today was like any other day, except that today the...

LIVE BLOG: New action to stop Russian oil giant Gazprom's oil platform in the Arctic

Blog entry by Andrew Davies | 27 August, 2012 40 comments

Sign up to join the campaign . Final Update  - 5 am CET: Their final moment was a picture of determination and they're down - but not out. For five days and nights the crew of the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise confronted the...

Arctic Action LIVE!

Blog entry by cleronde | 24 August, 2012 61 comments

>>> UPDATE: New action is under way, read more <<<   Prirazlomnaya. It’s certainly a mouthful, but it’s also the new name – and face – of Arctic destruction today. This giant Russian platform is set to be the first to...

Greenpeace uncovers Gazprom's expired oil spill response plan

Blog entry by Jessica Wilson | 14 August, 2012 6 comments

Greenpeace Russia has uncovered a startling secret that Gazprom has been keeping from the world: its oil spill response plan for the Prirazlomnaya oil platform has expired, meaning any drilling the company undertakes in this part of...

Saving the Arctic and what it’s got to do with Russia

Blog entry by Kumi Naidoo | 13 August, 2012 42 comments

Today marks my third visit to Russia, the last being in 2006 when I had the privilege of meeting President Putin to talk about the freedoms with which NGOs can operate in this country. In a curious turn of events, and some six years...

"Do not talk with the Polar Bears"

Blog entry by Jiří Krupa | 9 August, 2012 9 comments

The day was the 25th of July. The weather was not stable and hands were shaking. This was it, the first action lead by Czech direct dialoguers. The aim was to show Shell that even its employees have enough sense to acknowledge that ...

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