Sleepless in Seattle Over Shells Arctic Destruction

by Chris Eaton

June 11, 2012

This Saturday some amazing grassroots activists staged an all night vigil on Seattles waterfront. Why? Organizers Emily Johnston and Carlo Voli explained that Shells plans for exploratory drilling in the Alaskan Arctic this summer are enough to keep them up at night. They just had to do something about it.

The vigil was also mourning the departure of Shells exploratory rigs, the Kulluk and Noble Discoverer, which are leaving Seattle any day now to head to the Arctic. Theyre risking an oil spill and irreparable environmental destruction in an attempt to find what amounts to about 3 years worth of oil supply for our country.

View of the Kulluk and Noble Discoverer from the vigil.

View of the Kulluk and Noble Discoverer from the vigil.

Not only that, but Shell is only able to drill in the Arctic because global warming and melting sea ice have made it possible. Burning the oil they drill will cause more global warming, especially in the Arctic where the climate is changing more rapidly than anywhere else on Earth.

Shell is using their legal muscle with an injunction against Greenpeace so we decided to stay away from join the vigil at Seattles Pier 63. The vigil was just across from the rigs in Seattles Elliott Bay. But rest assured we stand with these and all activists opposing drilling in the Arctic.

Thank you to all the activists that sat in vigil.

Morning after the all night vigil. If you look closely you can see one of the oil rigs across Elliott Bay.


By Chris Eaton

Chris is the Senior Digital Campaigns Manager at Greenpeace USA. He's passionate about building movements and connecting change makers through digital storytelling. Follow him on Twitter at @chr15_eat0n.

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