You’re walking home through air so hot and thick that your steps seem twice as hard and your breaths half as deep. You can’t wait to step through your front door and meet the chilly relief from your churning air conditioner. However, when you step through the front door, you’re met with stale, hot air instead. Just when the summer reaches its hottest days, your air conditioner went and quit on you.
Imagine the impact of the global air conditioner quitting on all of us. Except, in this case it has the help of oil companies like Shell and Gazprom, a Russian company, to accelerate the process of its failure. The Arctic serves as our giant climate regulator since the sea ice there reflects sunlight, and we’re already seeing signs of its sputtering numbered days. The sea ice level has hit its lowest level ever this year, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center. When there is less sea ice present to reflect sunlight, the ocean then absorbs that light resulting in a warmer Earth. While this is sorrow news for most of us, it’s good news for big oil companies, like Shell and Gazprom, as less sea ice clears a path for them to drill in this pristine and fragile environment.
In fact, the U.S. Interior Department just announced that Shell has the green light to begin preliminary drilling.
We’re not giving up the fight to save the Arctic.
We put serious pressure on Shell by communicating the hazards of drilling in the Arctic. Last week, Greenpeace activists took a more literal approach by interrupting work on Gazprom’s Russian offshore oil platform.
This is a desperate race for the last remaining oil in a critical region of the planet which actually only equates to a few years of consumption. It’s not too late to turn around and invest in a greener future.