Good news! Gazprom has announced they are going to delay the start of their oil extraction in the Prirazlomnoye field, in the Arctic Ocean. This comes just a few days after Shell announced they wouldn’t drill in Alaska this year.
Last month Greenpeace activists climbed the side of Prirazlomnaya, Gazprom’s floating oil platform in the Pechora Sea, to protest about oil drilling in the Arctic.
Both Gazprom and Shell will try to start drilling again next year, so ask your family and friends to sign the Save the Arctic petition.
Greenpeace has pulled two actions against Gazprom, demanding that the Russian energy company scrap its plans to drill for oil in the Arctic.
In Moscow, campaigners dressed as polar bears set up their own Arctic sanctuary outside the Gazprom headquarters, while in Berlin, a leaking oil pipe spewed fake oil in front of a Gazprom office, as a reminder of how difficult it would be to clean up a spill in the frozen north.
Not only would a spill in the Arctic be impossible to clean up, we cannot afford to release vast amounts of new greenhouse gases if we’re serious about tackling global climate change. As sea ice in the high north reaches record low levels, it is clear the Arctic is in crisis and we must act to save it.
Eleven activists were arrested in Moscow. Here’s how you can support them and join the Arctic movement.
Arctic campaigners arrested in Moscow. Pic: Greenpeace
The ice sea in the Arctic Ocean has melted to its lowest extent ever, according to new data from the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Colorado.
The extent of ice observed on Sunday broke a record set five years ago and will likely melt further with several weeks of summer still to come. The alarming new figures show that the Arctic has already lost more ice than ever before in recorded history – and it’s still melting.
You can support Greenpeace’s campaign to save the Arctic by visiting http://www.savethearctic.org
Well done to Greenpeace activists who climbed the side of Prirazlomnaya, a floating oil platform in Russia’s Pechora Sea, on Friday to protest about oil drilling in the Arctic.
The six activists, who included Greenpeace executive director Kumi Naidoo, spent several hours hanging off the side of the giant oil platform, interrupting its operations.
A report by Greenpeace and World Wildlife Fund, issued last week, said that a spill from the oil platform could contaminate protected areas and nature reserves on the shore and islands within 20 hours, while emergency teams would take at least three days to reach the area.