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The day giant LEGO people took to the streets of Sydney

Posted on July 30, 2014 by Alex Harris

At 9am on a Friday morning in the Greenpeace Sydney office, our giant LEGO friend, Katy, received a phone call from a supporter informing her that Shell is using it’s partnership with the well-loved LEGO brand to increase fuel sales and divert attention from its Arctic oil drilling. Katy was furious! Katy loves building worlds, not destroying them and it isn’t OK that her face is associated with Arctic oil drilling.

Hello this is LEGO. OMG, WTF, Shell is in bed with LEGO? Let’s stop this now!

Katy called her expert activist friend in the Greenpeace warehouse and asked him to join her in a protest outside a Shell petrol station. But first they needed to make some banners to help send a clear message to Shell – get the hell out of the Arctic!

Behind the scenes at the Greenpeace warehouse there’s a #LEGOuprising in the making.

Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much more.

Painting banners came with its difficulties, but Katy and her friend wouldn’t let the issue of having no knees dampen their spirits.

This would be so much easier if we had knees!

Now the banners were painted, Katy and her friend discussed how they would fasten the banners onto sticks with a drill and a spanner. Katy gasped as she remembered that they didn’t have any ear muffs! But her friend chuckled and reminded Katy that they didn’t need ear muffs because they don’t have ears! *Facepalm moment!*

Spanner - check. Drill - check. Ear muffs? *facepalm* we don’t have ears!

Katy rallied in the rest of her giant yellow friends and felt so thankful for having so many caring friends who loved the Arctic as much as her. They tried to head to the Shell protest in a discreet manner so no one would bust them before they got there… but going undercover is difficult when you have a giant yellow head.

Going undercover is hard when you have a giant yellow head!

Katy and her friends caught Shell by surprise and created quite a scene at the Shell station – people passing by beeped their horns and cheered in support for the protest.

Shell’s partnership with LEGO has created outrage! LEGO’s come together to protest.

This protest is AWESOME! But everything’s NOT awesome in LEGO land.

They felt pretty chuffed with their protest! But they told the media reporters: “We may look happy, but this is our sad face – Shell is destroying the beautiful Arctic and using our well loved face to cover it up.”

We may look happy but this is our sad face. Shell is destroying the Arctic

When the protest was over, Katy and her friends headed back to the Greenpeace office so they could tell the world how AWESOME their protest was.

Now back to the office to tweet the sh*t out of this protest #LEGOuprising #BlockShell
But before they left, they couldn’t resist one last photo opp while singing “to block Shell, we’ve got to come together, right now!”

To #BlockShell we’ve got to ‘come together, right now.’ LEGOmania

You don’t have to have a giant yellow head to help LEGO break away from Shell. Get involved by:

Blog post by: Alex Harris
Alex Harris is the Communications Officer at Greenpeace Australia Pacific. She was also one of 30 people who were imprisoned in Russia at the end of 2013 following a peaceful protest against Arctic drilling.
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