Update from the Arctic pod: 48 hours and going strong!

Posted by hannah_gp — 31 May 2011 at 12:27pm - Comments
Looking down from the pod at the Arctic waters below
All rights reserved. Credit: Greenpeace
Looking down from the pod at the Arctic waters below

We've now been suspended beneath the Cairn oil rig in our Arctic survival pod for over 48 hours.

After leaving the Esperanza at 3am to scale the rig and then a hard day rigging up the pod and setting up camp we were pretty exhausted. But last night we managed to sleep almost 12 hours in our little pod, with a few wake up calls on the radio to update us.

The Leiv Eiriksson, the oil rig we are hanging under, stopped moving around midnight last night when it arrived at the drill site. Sometime this morning the Danish navy announced a 500 meter exclusion zone around the rig.

We're already inside that area and have no intention to leave any time soon so we'll see what happens about that.

For Luke and I the day's activities include the following: Drinking tea, reading, tweeting, uploading photos, knitting, eating, sleeping, stretching, radio communications, perhaps some calls with media and then another spot of tea before bed. It's a busy life here in the pod! You can see our photos and video here.

The fog and snow has closed in around us and we can barely make out even the silhouettes of the Danish Navy ship and the Esperanza. We can't see the other Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise but we know it's not far away. I can't tell you how good it is knowing we have so many amazing people nearby supporting us as we make a stand against oil drilling in the Arctic.

There are 22 different nationalities aboard the two Greenpeace ships. They're an unusual bunch from all manner of backgrounds. A little bit scruffy - a little rough around the edges even - in fact if you called them a bunch of hippies you wouldn't be far wrong. But when you see them swing into action it really is a sight to behold. They become as one, a well trained, highly focused and disciplined team. They're ordinary people doing extraordinary things and it inspires me so much.

As the Leiv Eiriksson is now in position to drill it's hard to imagine how Cairn Energy, or any energy company for that matter, could think it's at all safe to drill here. In freezing temperatures, very deep water, with bad visibility, while dodging icebergs and without a relief well in position in case of a blow out.

The rig seems to be preparing to drill but as long as our pod remains up and attached to the flare booms they will not be able to begin. We are prepared with food, water, and a book or two, to stay as long as we possibly can to stop Cairn Energy from beginning this dangerous and risky operation.

Right that's enough from us for now...time for tea!

- Hannah

P.S. Here's a little video of me in the pod

From Nuuk, Greenland

Greenland:
Truly a green pioneer, and pioneer as one of the world's first real green country. Over 75% of energy supply in Greenland comes from hydropower.
Hydrogen production is also there. And it's increasing.
Greenland.
A country with an indigenous people.
Try to live one day as a true green man. Head to Greenland.
Electricity from hydropower and food from animals there all their lives have lived a wonderful life in the countryside and not in iron cages full of medicine.
One of life's big questions is why a green organization as Greenpeace is Greenland's largest historic opponent.

Hi Knud,

We're happy to have your comments on this site but please don't just copy paste them across multiple blogs.

Greenpeace is not against Greenland or Greenlanders. I'd question your assumption that oil riches are the answer to any country's problems - including Greenland's. I've written before on how it messed up my country of birth - Iran, and the Esperanza's captain has also written about it from his Argentinian perspective.

I know that Cairn's PR agency are pushing hard the Greenpeace vs Greenland angle, since it suits their interests, but that's a false divide.

As you rightly say, as Greenland is a green pioneer, why does it need oil wealth for its future?

The Arctic oil rush won't grant Greenland independence. Far from it, as we've seen in the Wikileaks files, every country will by putting an 'interests section' in your capital, trying to grab your resources.

Greenpeace is a friend of Greenlanders, but sometimes we don't have the PR budgets to match that of the oil companies :(

From Nuuk, Greenland.

Hydropower and production of hydrogen can give Greenland autonomy. With or without oil, Greenpeace and others.
Greenland has for the last 30 years fought a brave fight to overcome the economic impasse Greenpeace has created for Greenland.
Now Greenpeace is creating yet another economic downturn in a time when Greenland has a chance to get out of the negative consequences.
Is once not enough for Greenpeace?
Should Greenpeace once again take the Greenlandic people's economic future hostage?

It is enough many families over the last 30 years and right up to today, is fighting an unequal battle against global interest organisationersom Greenpeace who unfortunately have the power to put their lives at risk.
Greenland, a country with an indigenous people, paralyzed by Greenpeace.
You are not worthy of the color green.
I would suggest to move to the blue instead.
It's the same if Greenpeeace had destroyed Sami in Sweden or aporiginal in Australia.

From Nuuk, Greenland.

Hydropower and production of hydrogen can give Greenland autonomy. With or without oil, Greenpeace and others.
Greenland has for the last 30 years fought a brave fight to overcome the economic impasse Greenpeace has created for Greenland.
Now Greenpeace is creating yet another economic downturn in a time when Greenland has a chance to get out of the negative consequences.
Is once not enough for Greenpeace?
Should Greenpeace once again take the Greenlandic people's economic future hostage?

It is enough many families over the last 30 years and right up to today, is fighting an unequal battle against global interest organisationersom Greenpeace who unfortunately have the power to put their lives at risk.
Greenland, a country with an indigenous people, paralyzed by Greenpeace.
You are not worthy of the color green.
I would suggest to move to the blue instead.
It's the same if Greenpeeace had destroyed Sami in Sweden or aporiginal in Australia.

@Knud - You're a persistent poster I'll give you that, but your posts do all tend to merge into one.

So here's a direct question, how do we as a global population deal with the problems of climate change, if we (collectively) allow oil companies to squeeze every last drop of oil from the frontiers.

This is not Greenlands fault, or sole responsibility. However when things get tough then the people of Greenland will be just as screwed (if not more so), than the rest of us.

It's time to move away from burning oil, and to force tghe big Energy companies to invest some of their vast resources in developing the alternatives.

@candleflame99

You and I go over to green energy.
My electricity comes from hydropower. Much of my food has been living out in the great outdoors.
Now it´s up to you. It is that simple.

@candleflame99

You and I go over to green energy.
My electricity comes from hydropower. Much of my food has been living out in the great outdoors.
Now it´s up to you. It is that simple.

I Agree

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Governments should force the big Energy
companies to invest some of their vast resources in developing the
alternatives.

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