Building the world's largest polar bear - Part Two

Posted by Hannah Davey — 3 September 2013 at 7:06pm - Comments
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Me with Aurora the giant polar bear

When we commissioned the work for Aurora, the world’s biggest polar bear, the Shard had never been climbed. The 6 women who then climbed it on 11 July had not yet inspired thousands of people through their epic ice climb to save the Arctic. Greenpeace hadn’t yet said: what will you do?

In pictures: building the world's largest polar bear

Posted by Fran G — 3 September 2013 at 6:38pm - Comments
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Aurora design specification © Christopher Kelly

On 15 September we will haul a giant people-powered polar bear through central London. Aurora is part protest, part performance - all Arctic. She is a giant super-puppet - the size of a double decker bus - and her fur carries the names of each and every member of the movement to save the Arctic.

See her transformation over the past couple of months from a design into a giant marionette.

Downloadable DIY funkits to get ready for Aurora's parade

Posted by Fran G — 2 September 2013 at 2:36pm - Comments
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Dressing up idea: wear white - and draw paw pads and noses on white gloves and dust masks

Get ready for #Iceride, the global protest against Arctic destruction! Download all your fun accessories here to get you looking great for Aurora's parade on 15 September or on one of the other events on the day. There are Arctic animal masks, stencil kits, and facepainting guides. Click on the image to get the downloadable pdf. Have fun!

Building the world's largest polar bear - Part One

Posted by Louise Alexander — 27 August 2013 at 7:06pm - Comments
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Constructing Aurora

Louise Alexander is a multi-skilled actor with a keen interest in puppetry. She works part-time at Puppet Centre as their administrator and is also the director of her own company, LAMA Creative, which undertakes digital design and theatre making.

It’s not every day the opportunity to help create a giant polar bear puppet the size of a double decker bus comes along. For an actor, theatre maker and wannabe puppeteer this is pretty irresistible stuff. But that’s not what’s at the heart of Aurora; that’s a whole other kettle of fish.

The Arctic nightmare Russian authorities don’t want you to see

Posted by Christy Ferguson — 24 August 2013 at 7:00am - Comments
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We're going in.

I’m on board the Greenpeace icebreaker Arctic Sunrise, about to cross into an area of the Arctic that Russian authorities don’t want us to see. They’ve contravened international law by denying our ship access to an important sea route and tried to shut us out - tried to shut you out. But with the world watching and millions of Arctic Defenders at our sides, we are defying the Russian authorities, claiming our rights to bear witness and to protest, and entering the Kara Sea.

Of Shell, spill plans and sea ice

Posted by ben — 8 August 2013 at 7:12pm - Comments
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Leading polar bear expert Dr. Ian Stirling said this bear, found in Svalbard, died of starvation due to a lack of sea ice from which to hunt. In the last 30 years, 75% of Arctic sea ice has disappeared.

It's pretty safe to say that the Arctic is under pressure like never before. Climate change is warming it faster than any other part of our planet. Sea ice is shrinking. The way of life of Indigenous Peoples is seriously threatened and animal habitats are vanishing. Oil companies eye a polar bonanza while hulking fishing fleets are edging ever northwards.

Video: how to climb the tallest building in western Europe

Posted by victoriah — 24 July 2013 at 6:08pm - Comments

Since the six of us climbed the Shard, many people have asked: how did we do it? How much training did it take? How did we go to the toilet?

Russian oil spills damaging impact on local wildlife and the environment

Posted by Fran G — 2 July 2013 at 12:49pm - Comments
Aerial of an oil spill in a forest near Surgut
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Aerial of an oil spill in a forest near Surgut. Disastrous oil spills are a daily routine at Rosneft fields near Pyt'-Yah, Khanty-Mansi region, Siberia.

Denis Sinyakov, who covered Greenpeace’s expedition to the Rosneft’s oil fields, is a Moscow-based Russian photographer, who worked as a photo editor and a staff photographer at Agence France-Presse and Reuters.

Save the Arctic from Shell and its Russian friends

Posted by ianduff — 2 July 2013 at 8:00am - Comments

The Arctic is once again under attack from oil companies.

Over the past year we’ve seen just how reckless Arctic drilling is. Shell, one of the world’s biggest and most powerful corporations, has been leading the charge but a catalogue of screw-ups forced it to pause its drilling program in Alaska

Risky business: How shareholders, pensions and councils are being exposed to the risks of Arctic oil

Posted by Charlie Kronick — 21 May 2013 at 7:22pm - Comments
The Arctic Sunrise and the Esperanza intercept Cairn Energy's controversial Arct
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The Arctic Sunrise and the Esperanza intercept Cairn Energy's controversial Arctic rig

Drilling for oil in the Arctic – is it literally crazy?  Because it is driving some of the biggest companies in the world to exhibit what can only be described as irrational behaviour. The end of easily accessible oil from conventional sources is leading international oil companies (IOCs) to consider ever more extreme forms of oil and gas extraction – with the Arctic Ocean being among the last frontiers.

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