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57 Shell petrol stations, 500+ volunteers and a day to remember

Posted by Richard Martin - 23 July 2012 at 2:48pm - Comments
Police join? Shell protest in Stourbridge
All rights reserved. Credit: Greenpeace Birmingham
Police join? Shell protest in Stourbridge

This is a huge thank you to every one of the 500+ volunteers who spent a chunk of their Saturday peacefully and legally protesting at one of 57 Shell UK petrol stations to #TellShell to scrap their Arctic drilling plans.

For many of you this was your very first campaigning experience with Greenpeace, perhaps with any organisation. It takes determination and guts to get over the nerves of turning up for the very first time and I hope you’ll be back (see below). For those of you who’ve been here before and who are active with one of Greenpeace’s 71 (ish) local groups / network. Well without your inspiration and organisation the day would have never been possible. We wouldn’t have had the pleasure of welcoming so many new people to Greenpeace, and I’m sure you’ll be back. Thank you.

The Getactive webpages are buzzing with blogs from the day, and your local Twitter streams and Facebook pages reflect that excitement. On the bus this morning in a fit of nostalgia, I recalled some of the highlights of the Stop Esso campaign – both the Italian job and the coalition effort that pulled together an even bigger day of campaigning. We’ve learnt a lot in the last 10 years and with social media at our disposal the campaign to #SaveTheArctic will grow bigger and faster. This is just the beginning.

Stories of the day are still flooding in, but some of my favourites include the police participation in the Birmingham protest, as reflected in the picture above. The bravery of the newly active Greenpeace supporters in Watford in the video below, and the hordes of protestors in Brighton – perhaps 50+ at one point. For a full lowdown of the day check out the Getactive with Greenpeace blogroll.

Finally for those folk involved in the day, and for anyone else reading this. We need your help so please if you’d like to get involved in similar activities then:

  1. Find your local Greenpeace group / network either by entering your postcode here, or by choosing the nearest from the directory at the bottom of this page.
  2. Phone or email the local coordinator to say hello, and to say you’ll come along to the next local meeting.
  3. Come along to the next meeting, make new friends, offer to help out, contribute your energy and enthusiasm to the local group / network, learn new skills and have fun doing so.
  4. If there isn’t a local group / network near you then please email us.

Whoever you are, wherever you are, there are lots of things you can do to help #SaveTheArctic and to #TellShell to scrap their Arctic drilling plans. We really need your help, so please get in touch and thank you again to everyone who has helped make our very first Shellday such a success.

Watch this space.

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