Arctic

Shell's Arctic drilling team just pleaded GUILTY

Posted by ben — 9 December 2014 at 12:17pm - Comments
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This drill ship is definitely NOT Arctic ready

Shell and its allies cannot be trusted to drill in the Arctic. Their reputation took another hammering last night when Noble Drilling, Shell’s sub-contractor, plead guilty to a staggering eight felony charges relating to environmental and safety violations on board the vessels Noble Discoverer and Kulluk (which it operated on behalf of Shell) in the Alaskan Arctic in 2012. Noble will pay a $12.2m fine, has been placed on probation for four years and must upgrade all of its plans to meet safety and environmental protection requirements.

Your ad is in the papers – Shell’s spin exposed

Posted by Danielle Boobyer — 13 November 2014 at 3:07pm - Comments
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Our Shell counter-ad in today's papers

It’s a bad day for Shell! If you opened the Metro, Independent or Telegraph newspaper this morning, you’re one of two million people who saw our counter-ad against the Arctic oil drillers.

How LEGO got awesome to #SaveTheArctic

Posted by Anonymous — 9 October 2014 at 9:01am - Comments
LEGO characters celebrate Lego dumping Shell
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We did it! LEGO has dropped Shell

Today we got the awesome news: after a three-month campaign supported by more than a million people worldwide, LEGO has announced it will not renew its contract with Arctic destroyer Shell.

This is fantastic news for LEGO fans and Arctic defenders everywhere. And it’s a huge blow to Shell’s strategy of partnering with beloved brands to clean up its dirty image as an Arctic oil driller.

So how did we win this victory for the Arctic? Let’s take a look back at the top five moments of our campaign:

Norway's sneaky seismic attack on the Arctic

Posted by Sune Scheller — 18 August 2014 at 3:57pm - Comments
Seismic testing at sea
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Seismic sensors are dragged behind survey ships to map the sea floor

The Esperanza has been in the Arctic near Svalbard, for a few weeks now and we recently became aware of something urgent and disturbing. A seismic company called Dolphin Geophysical, commissioned by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, has begun seismic mapping in the far north of the Barents Sea.

LEGO: Help children save the Arctic

Posted by Fran G — 5 August 2014 at 10:27am - Comments

No-one loves LEGO as much as a seven year old who’s just built their first masterpiece. But everyone who has played with the toy carries the joy of their inner child on through life. That’s why LEGO is such a desirable brand for Shell to piggyback on.

Return of the Arctic Sunrise

Posted by faiza_oulahsen — 1 August 2014 at 3:25pm - Comments
Faiza Oulahsen, one of the Arctic 30,  in front of the Arctic Sunrise
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Those last days on the Arctic Sunrise in September 2013, gave me one of my most precious memories. That might sound odd to you: armed men with balaclavas abseiling down from a helicopter and holding some of the crew at gunpoint; unable to communicate with the outside world, our movements limited to a few rooms of the ship; unaware of the emotional rollercoaster that was lying ahead of us.

Why 50 children and their families are playing outside Shell's HQ

Posted by Fran G — 29 July 2014 at 9:41am - Comments
Children with a LEGO blocks spelling Arctic
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These kids are really concerned about climate change

Today, 50 children are playfully protesting about LEGO's partnership with Shell outside the oil giant's HQ in London by building their favourite Arctic animals out of oversized LEGO bricks. It’s an unusual but hopefully creative and exciting way of facilitating peaceful protest, which might need a little extra explanation.

Why my children are taking part in a playful protest against LEGO's partnership with Shell

Posted by Jessica Edberg — 29 July 2014 at 8:48am - Comments
Children building LEGO Arctic animals outside Shell HQ
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Playtime outside Shell's HQ

Jessica Edberg is a mother of two. Her daughter, Lily, aged 7, is taking part in a playful protest today against LEGO's partnership with Shell. 50 kids in total are protesting today by building three giant LEGO Arctic animals outside of Shell's HQ in London. With their parents and guardians, they're calling on LEGO to stop promoting Shell's logo on LEGO toys because kids love the Arctic and don't want Shell to destroy it.

How has LEGO responded?

Posted by sara_a — 28 July 2014 at 11:59am - Comments
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Giant LEGO figures with their hands over their ears at the Hong Kong comic fair

It’s nearly a month into the campaign to ask much loved toy-maker LEGO to ditch their arctic-drilling partner Shell. Over 670,000 around the world have joined the campaign so far and LEGO have been the target of Greenpeace actions at their HQs, factory, and in public on several continents, heaping the pressure on them to respond. But since then they have just made one public response on their website, and then used the same text in every media quote and Facebook response. So we’ve looked at their response in detail and have answered it in full here.

48 hours of action against LEGO - this is just the start

Posted by sara_a — 18 July 2014 at 3:30pm - Comments
Lego petition hand in
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Greenpeace activists re-branded LEGO’s Czech factory

Early on Wednesday morning, on an industrial estate in the Czech Republic, our campaign to convince much-loved toy company LEGO to break their partnership with Arctic oil-drillers Shell, moved into a new phase of escalation. Greenpeace activists re-branded LEGO’s Czech factory - one of their three main production centres around the world - with a Shell logo, an oil spill, and giant unhappy minifigures, cleaning it up. 

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