Twelve months ago I was arrested along with 29 of my ship mates on board the Arctic Sunrise. The reason for my arrest was simple, I couldn’t remain silent as the Russian oil giant, Gazprom, carried out its ambition to drill in this glorious wilderness of the Arctic.
The right to peaceful protest is a core tenet of a healthy society — the inherent human right to stand up and be counted, to challenge unjust laws, and sometimes, when the system has failed, to put our bodies in the way of destruction and give voice to the voiceless.
Blogpost by Yeb Saño
As I witness with my own eyes the sublime and spectacular beauty of the Arctic, I realize that we live on a deeply interconnected planet. What happens all over the world affects this region in seriously profound and intricate ways. And what happens here in the Arctic affects the entire world.
Emma Thompson recently went to the Arctic aboard the Greenpeace ship Esperanza. She wrote these words after walking out onto the fragile sea ice for the first time alongside her 14 year old daughter Gaia.
Great news - after being held for nearly 10 months, the Arctic Sunrise has finally left Murmansk! From the helm, Captain Daniel Rizzotti said: "We sail home with with the voices of 5 million Arctic Defenders in our ears. This is a new beginning."
After spending two months in a Russian prison for taking part in a peaceful protest drawing attention to the dangers of oil drilling in the Arctic - it's no wonder that the Arctic has a special place in my heart.
Yesterday a team of Greenpeace staff and giant LEGO people headed to Sydney's biggest toy shops to tell LEGO to quit its dirty deal with Shell by plastering 'save the Arctic' stickers all over its toy boxes.
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.