Greenpeace confronts reckless oil exploration
13 August 2010
Greenpeace is sending two ships to the frontiers of the world's oil problem.
The mission of the Esperanza is clear: to confront the kind of reckless oil exploration that keeps wrecking our environment. In the Gulf of Mexico the Arctic Sunrise will examine the drastic long-term impacts of what happens when it’s all going wrong.
Accidents like the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, which caused the biggest oil spill in US history, are bound to happen again. That is unless we leave dirty fossil fuels behind and instead start using the affordable, efficient and renewable energy technologies that are available today. That’s why the Esperanza is taking the message “go beyond oil” right to the source of the problem.
Oil giant BP might have finally managed to close its leaking well, but the crisis in the Gulf of Mexico is far from over. In fact, many of the spill’s impacts – for endangered wildlife, the region’s ecosystems and its fisheries – will only become clear with time. The Arctic Sunrise will host a team of independent scientists, who will examine everything from the plankton on the surface to the subsurface plumes and the deep-sea corals on the floor of the Gulf.
While we can’t give away the details of exactly where the Esperanza will be going, Aussie activist Shannon Lo Ricco will be sending back eyewitness accounts from on board the Arctic Sunrise in the Gulf. Stay tuned.