In just over two weeks I will be standing on the frozen Arctic ocean, preparing to ski to the North Pole. I’ll be wearing four layers of fleece and a special hat that someone knitted for me. In my pockets I’ll carry some almond chocolate, an iPod, and a declaration of hope for future generations. Continue reading →
If you’re a fan of our Save the Arctic Facebook page, may have seen some interesting changes recently. For the past few days we’ve hosted something called the Santa Relocation Project. Continue reading →
Oil companies have a secret. Or rather, there’s a crucial fact that they’d prefer you didn’t know. Right now it’s taken as gospel that America needs increasing amounts of oil, and that drilling here in the U.S. will help provide it. Even people who are concerned about spills and climate change will often concede that the oil industry is a necessary evil, like stealth bombers or regular dental appointments. Continue reading →
Today in New York, Shell will co-host a swanky film screening of a series called “Energy 2050”. According to the blurb on the New Yorker website, “Three acclaimed directors tell stories of amazing individuals and extraordinary projects that are leading the way to a solution.”
Amazing indeed. But if you’re not in the Big Apple but still desperate to know about Shell’s vision for the future, the company has made a few videos about 2050 already. Take a look at this sleek animation. The key moment comes along at around 1.30.
Shell has spent billions trying to persuade the world that Arctic drilling is not as obscene as it really is. The company opens its giant war chest every time it needs to put a message in front of the public, or wants to gain access to a certain politician. Shell is trying to hide the fact that it is exploiting global warming to drill for more of the oil that is causing global warming in the first place. You can see why that’s a message it would like to keep quiet.
That’s why we decided to get creative. For the past few months we’ve been working with the Yes Lab to design an entirely positive, enthusiastic campaign for Arctic drilling. We’re using Shell’s actual advertising slogan – Let’s Go – to tell it like it really is. If you’re ignoring scientists and trampling over the natural world to make billions in profit, why hide it? Ignoring the greatest threat that humanity has ever faced to boost your quarterly results? Let’s Go! Continue reading →
Yesterday was a dramatic day here on board the Rainbow Warrior and in the capital of Brazil too. Our ten day blockade was suspended to give space for a meeting in the capital which we hoped would be an important step towards cleaning up the pig iron trade and stopping slave labor and deforestation from entering the supply chain of big car companies like GM and Ford. Continue reading →
I’ve written a few blogs since I’ve been on the Rainbow Warrior, but my time in Brazil has given me enough material for thousands more. I worked as a journalist before Greenpeace and that is how I have approached this trip, trying to tell you the stories that happen every day in this magical country and do some justice to the people who live in it. Continue reading →
Eight days into this blockade, and our climbers are standing firm. They’re helping to expose forest crimes like illegal logging, slavery and the loss of indigenous land by sitting on the anchor chain of the Clipper Hope cargo ship here in the port of Sao Luis, Brazil. Continue reading →
Less than a year old, and the Rainbow Warrior is causing trouble already. But being a Greenpeace ship that’s just what nature intended.
Five days into a major direct action here in the Amazon and the new ship is holding up well. We’ve been painting banners below deck, taking urgent media calls from the campaign office and eating Walter’s fantastic food in the shiny new mess. Occupying an anchor chain for nearly 140 hours has required all the tools at our disposal, and we’ve been hoisting inflatable boats on and off the ship like clockwork. The Bosun’s workshop has seen sawing, chopping, gluing and creative improvisation (we’re cooking up a pretty dramatic little number right now – watch this space). The conference room has been turned into a makeshift recreational area, allowing the crew somewhere to listen to music and chill out in between shifts for the action. Continue reading →
What do you need most on an anchor chain in the middle of the Atlantic, when you’ve been there for over 24 hours, and it’s pouring with rain? Muffins.
Freshly baked by our chef, Walter, and put into waterproof tins ready for loading into speedboats. Speedmuffins. Pronto pastries. Two young Brazilians – Leonor and Elissama – are waiting across the water having been up most of the night and little things like this make all the difference. Fruit is great, but nothing beats that fresh-from-the-oven comfort of spongey goodness. Continue reading →