Arctic 30 to be held in Russian jail pending piracy investigation

Posted by Jessica Wilson — 27 September 2013 at 10:38am - Comments

Today in a court in Murmansk, Russia, the Arctic 30 were seen by six judges. No charges were laid, but all 30 are still being detained; 22 are being held for two months as Russian authorities pursue an investigation around piracy charges while eight are being held for three days awaiting a new hearing. Their names and status are below, alphabetically by nationality.

To hell and back to Save the Arctic

Posted by Camila Speziale — 18 September 2013 at 5:22pm - Comments
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This morning at 4 a.m. I hugged my fellow climbers good luck before heading out to climb Gazprom's oil platform, the Prirazlomnaya, from the Arctic Sunrise. 

Every act of peaceful rebellion adds up

Posted by Kumi Naidoo — 18 September 2013 at 3:56pm - Comments
Five activists attempted to climb the 'Prirazlomnaya,'
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A Russian Coast guard officer is seen pointing a gun at a Greenpeace International activist.

I woke up at the crack of dawn this morning with my stomach in knots as I scrambled to check my twitter feed and email. 

Arctic uproar in London

Posted by Hannah Davey — 16 September 2013 at 5:42pm - Comments
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In a celebratory maelstrom of all that is Arctic, thousands of people yesterday took part in a mass act of creative civil disobedience. 

The globe is cooling, the newspaper biz is booming and the Great Recession was over the year it started: History explained by the Daily Mail

Posted by bens — 9 September 2013 at 6:25pm - Comments
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David Rose has penned an article in the Mail on Sunday about the Arctic sea ice, and it’s buzzing around the denial-o-sphere like a bumble bee on crystal meth. The thrust of his piece is that the ice is more abundant this summer than the record low of last year (as the vast majority of scientists predicted) and that climate change can therefore be declared bogus.

Building the world's largest polar bear - Part Four

Posted by Chris Kelly — 9 September 2013 at 12:38pm - Comments
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As designer and creative director on Aurora I have seen her grow from my initial rough sketch in to a fantastical giant. Working on such a unique project allows for great freedom in designing and creating.

Building the world's largest polar bear part 3

Posted by Lucien Mansell — 5 September 2013 at 5:34pm - Comments
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Lucien and Aurora

Lucien is the director at Factory Settings, a scenic construction company, based in East London.

For us at Factory Settings, constructing strange imaginings is our stock-in-trade. Unfortunately, most of the more outlandish enquiries never get to the production stage. It's an all-too familiar conversation these days when we get a call, for example, asking "Can you make us several dinosaurs to be installed around London?"  

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!

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