Seven of us climbed up that drillship to stop Arctic drilling, but 133,000 of us came down

Posted by BunnyMcdiarmid — 27 February 2012 at 10:57am - Comments

As we sat anxiously in the office last Friday waiting for the 'we made it' call we never dreamed that four days later we would have witnessed such a massive media storm, such overwhelming global support and such tenacity from our friends who hung on so long.

This has been a fitting first chapter for what will undoubtedly be an epic battle. The battle to save one of the most beautiful, unique and iconic places on earth from the seemingly insatiable greed of the oil industry. A battle to save the world from climate change - the greatest threat we face today.

Throughout this time Shell has tried to say it wants to talk, to explain how it can drill safely in the frozen Arctic, and that there's nothing to worry about. But both common sense and scientific consensus tells us there is no way to safely drill up there in the frozen north. A spill in the icey Arctic seas would be impossible to clean up. And it is no time to talk when aging rust-bucket drill ships like the Noble Discoverer are heading for the Arctic right now. Now is the time for action.

I just greeted the team as they walked out of the police station where, oddly enough, they were charged with burglary. A legal slight of hand by the police. Of course we didn't actually steal anything, we never do.

Lucy Lawless quote

Though maybe we did... When I think about the actions of these seven and the 133,000 people globally who joined them, we have gone a long way towards stealing back the future of the Arctic from the desperate clutches of Shell and the oil giants.

This is just the start of the story. The fight for the Arctic has only just begun.

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Bunny McDiarmid is the Executive director of Greenpeace New Zealand

It is interesting how people say that the oil companies should not drill in the Arctic and they are absolutely right. Some space on earth should be left untouched but maybe if they were allowed to drill elsewhere until the sustainable energies were properly developed this wouldn't be a problem.

    I will never understand with news why oil companies think they can drill in the Arctic but I also do not understand why they can't drill on their own land.

These oil companies are nothing but parasites who destroy everything in their path, much like humans. They should think about their conversion when there is no more oil, what will happen one day!

Lucy is so right! Those oil companies are simply corrupt. How can their minds be so obsessively fixed on money when so much more is at stake?

The story sounds really impressive and moving. It’s written in a good language.

I appreciate the article!

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