Climbers are still occupying the huge oil rig which departed from Turkey early this morning bound for a dangerous deep drilling operation in the off the coast of Greenland in the Arctic. Early this morning the activists intercepted the rig, scaled the vessel and unfurled a banner demanding “Stop Arctic destruction.” They remain on board as the giant rig approaches Greek waters.

The Leiv Eiriksson oil rig, which is operated by Cairn Energy, is currently navigating the Dardanelles straits – a stretch of water that links the Sea of Marmara to the Aegean Sea – as it makes its way towards the High North, and Greenland’s Baffin Bay. Baffin Bay is home to almost all of the world’s Narwhal populations as well as blue whales, sea bird colonies, and polar bears.

Our climbers are trying to protect one of the world's most precious natural environments from dangerous oil drilling. We are here to make it clear that we have a choice. We can go beyond oil. Instead of investing trillions in dirty oil and environmental destruction we can invest it in ramping up the efficiency of vehicles, and rolling out new clean energy technologies.

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