A driver asks, "So where's the nearest alternative garage?" That is just the kind of question we love when doing a Shell garage protest. It shows that our action is having some affect, however small, on the company's reputation.
It was wonderful to see thirteen smiley people attend the protest outside Shell's Eastville Park garage as they continued to pile on the pressure for Shell to cease their quest for oil exploration in the Arctic. Shell have withdrawn their plans to drill for oil in the Arctic for the rest of the Winter due to faulty safety equipment and encroaching freezing sea ice. However, we know that they will try again next year when the Arctic ice has receded. Shell may have gone a way for the time being, but Bristol East Greenpeace is determined to continue to remind them that the Arctic should be left well alone and designated an internationally recognised sanctuary from commercial interests. At time of writing over 2.18 million people around the world agree with us.
The short burst of rain at the start of the protest was certainly not enough to dampen the spirits of the team as they waved their placards at passing motorists who supported us with a steady stream of toots and beeps. Of course, we had our duo of waving and dancing polar bears. Thanks to John, Amy, Keith and Fi, for donning the costumes. It was good to see a range of experience of protestors from complete newbies to veteran activists of several years - all enthusiastic and upbeat!
Photos from the morning can be found on our Flickr site. Click here. To help Save The Arctic go to www.savethe arctic.org and join the 2.18 million people who are calling for the region to become a global sanctuary.
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Below is a short video of our action at Eastville Park. Thanks to Carol and Jo for helping out with some of the video snippets and to Amy for some of her photos.