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(Ice) breaking news: last week an oil tanker hit an ice floe in the Russian Arctic

Blog entry by Elena Polisano | 12 September, 2013 2 comments

Our researchers just discovered a very dangerous collision in the Russian Arctic. Last week, a tanker that was not built for freezing waters was 'holed' by an ice floe and had to wait for seven days for help. Yep — holed, as in its...

Captain's Blog: Back to the Arctic

Blog entry by Pete Willcox | 13 September, 2013

I am in the Arctic again.  We are in Kirkenes, Norway, at 69 degrees 45 minutes North. That’s 192 miles north of the Arctic Circle. It does not feel right to me though: there are too many trees! Though they only go up to an elevation...

Every act of peaceful rebellion adds up

Blog entry by Kumi Naidoo | 18 September, 2013 28 comments

I woke up at the crack of dawn this morning with my stomach in knots as I scrambled to check my twitter feed and email. It was five a.m. but I was wide awake; physically in Amsterdam but my heart in Russia where I knew that five of...

To hell and back to Save the Arctic

Blog entry by Camila Speziale | 18 September, 2013 51 comments

This morning at 4 a.m. I hugged my fellow climbers good luck before heading out to climb Gazprom's oil platform, the Prirazlomnaya, from the Arctic Sunrise. It was a terrifying moment for me as I jumped into the inflatable boat in...

Why does Gazprom seem to be making ridiculous claims about our safety pod?

Blog entry by Ben Ayliffe | 20 September, 2013 73 comments

Greenpeace International has a long and proud history of peaceful protests in defence of the environment, but right now Russian authorities are holding 30 of our activists on board the Arctic Sunrise for opposing the reckless oil...

9 disturbing signs pointing to a catastrophic oil spill in the Arctic

Blog entry by Cassady Sharp | 24 September, 2013 3 comments

Gazprom may not be as familiar to you as BP or Exxon, but they're just as capable of making history with a catastrophic oil spill. The Russian oil giant is the first company to start oil production in the Arctic after their failed...

Q&A: Gazprom and the Arctic

Blog entry by Damian Kahya | 24 September, 2013

The fight over the Arctic's oil and gas reserves has intensified - but what is actually going on? We've put together a short Q&A. What's happened? Russian authorities summoned the Dutch ambassador to Moscow (the Sunrise flies a...

10 reasons to take action to stop Gazprom's Prirazlomnaya oil platform

Blog entry by Ben Ayliffe | 25 September, 2013 11 comments

Right now, the 30 activists and crew from the Greenpeace International ship Arctic Sunrise are in custody in Murmansk . They have been under armed guard since last Thursday when the Russian authorities forced their way onto our ship...

Arctic 30 to be held in Russian jail pending piracy investigation

Blog entry by Jessica Wilson | 27 September, 2013 53 comments

UPDATE OCT 2: Today, 13 activists and a freelance video journalist were formally charged with piracy under Article 227 of the Russian Criminal Code. The maximum sentence, if convicted, is 15 years in a Russian jail. Greenpeace...

World’s top climate scientists give us hope for a better future if we act now

Blog entry by Stephanie Tunmore | 27 September, 2013 2 comments

Thirty crew members of the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise are in prison in Russia, because they took peaceful action against oil drilling in the Arctic, intending to change the grim future we are constructing for ourselves and the...

One person stands with the Arctic 30 in Moscow

Blog entry by Alena Kislitsina, Greenpeace Russia | 28 September, 2013 15 comments

We have been standing in solidarity with our colleagues from the Arctic Sunrise here in Moscow since September 19th. All day, every day for nine days so far. We stand in a one-person picket near the entrance of the Moscow headquarters...

Free the Arctic 30, and lock up fossil fuels

Blog entry by Truls Gulowsen, Head of Greenpeace Norway | 29 September, 2013 6 comments

On Friday, peaceful activists from the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise  woke up in a freezing jail cell in Russia for trying to protect the Arctic and fight global warming. At the same time the UN panel on Climate Change released its...

Faiza: "The uncertainty is driving me crazy"

Blog entry by Faiza Oulahsen | 2 October, 2013 81 comments

"I have no idea how this will end, how long it will take. The uncertainty is driving me crazy," writes Greenpeace Netherlands campaigner Faiza Oulahsen in a letter from her cell in Murmansk, Russia. She writes about her experiences...

An assault on the very principle of peaceful protest

Blog entry by Jess Wilson | 3 October, 2013 18 comments

It is bitterly ironic that as the world celebrated Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday as International Non-Violence Day, 30 non-violent, peaceful protestors sat locked up in jail cells in Russia. Yesterday, 13 activists and one freelance...

Sini, the quiet hero

Blog entry by Harri Lammi | 7 October, 2013 78 comments

My friend Sini Saarela is in jail in Murmansk, along with many other Greenpeace International activists. They are some of the first people in the world to face long jail sentences because they followed their conviction and acted...

We rebut Gazprom's absurd claims about the Arctic 30

Blog entry by Ben Ayliffe | 8 October, 2013 1 comment

In a recent news item on the BBC , Artur Akopov, chief of operations on the Prirazlomnaya, made a number of absurd claims about the safety of the peaceful Greenpeace action on the side of Gazprom's giant oil platform. In a ...

WATCH: Thousands of people in nearly 50 countries stand in solidarity with Arctic 30

Blog entry by Cassady Sharp | 9 October, 2013

It’s a rare and beautiful thing when people all across the world unite in defense of peaceful protest and action on climate change. That’s what happened this past weekend when thousands of people took part in solidarity events for the...

Our Captain Fantastic

Blog entry by Bunny McDiarmid | 14 October, 2013 5 comments

Pete Willcox, who (at the time of this writing) has just been refused bail and remains alone in a Russian jail cell, was my skipper on board the first Rainbow Warrior in 1984. As a crew we spent five months in a hellhole boat yard...

Peter Willcox, be(a)ring witness

Blog entry by Barbara Stowe | 15 October, 2013

Captain Peter Willcox is the very definition of a mensch. The first thing he taught me was courage. I met him in Vancouver, Canada, in the spring of 2007, when he was skippering the Esperanza for the Greenpeace USA Bering Witness tour.

Mothers of the disappeared want the Arctic 30 to come home

Blog entry by Dannielle Taaffe | 16 October, 2013 37 comments

Google them and the words 'bravery', 'audacity', and 'justice' are among the first to pop up. Thousands of articles, stacks of books and scores of songs – even one by U2 - have been dedicated to them. The Mothers of the Plaza...

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