Have you noticed the unusual weather patterns that have been happening around the world in recent years? This year in the UK we have already seen dramatic floods, storms and blizzards. In January David Cameron told MPs he “very much suspects” the floods in the UK are linked to climate change, Greenpeace have been shouting this from the rooftops, or should that be treetops, for years!
In 2012 Greenpeace launched a global campaign to save the Arctic. As the Arctic melts, oil companies are moving in to extract more of the fossil fuels that caused the melt in the first place. Greenpeace is working hard to halt this and to stop this new oil rush in this pristine environment at the top of the world.
The past few months have been a testing time for Greenpeace. 28 activists, and two media professionals known as the Arctic 30 sailed north to bear witness to a profound environmental threat. They protested peacefully at an oil platform owned by Russian oil barons Gazprom warning that an oil spill in such a sensitive region could not be cleaned up. They took part in civil disobedience because sometimes actually doing something – taking a stand – is the only course of action open, and for this act of courage they were jailed for over 3 months and put in a Russian jail. As one activist said, “they didn’t lock us up for what we did. They locked us up for what we stood for.” Their act of civil disobedience was truly a courageous stand against destructive Arctic oil drilling and the onslaught of climate change.
Damon Albarn at the demonstration outside the Russian Embassy, London
The activists were granted amnesty early this year and were released in January. None of this would have been possible without the support of the people that spoke up and signed up. If you were one of them we thank you.
But the work does not stop there, we cannot let those months spent in jail by the Arctic 30 be in vain and we must continue the work to Save the Arctic. We need to step this up a gear and we need your support more than ever. To help us to save the Arctic visit: www.savethearctic.org and be sure to drop in and see us on the Greenpeace field at the festival this year.
Professor Green at Glastonbury festival 2013