A substantial number of activists have taken to the water in order to protest against the plan of Shell to set up a drilling rig in the Arctic. These activists are referred to as “Kayaktivists” as they are protesting while floating on the waters.
These activists have adorned life jackets and wetsuits to hit the water for raising their voice against the plans of Shell to make a drill in the Arctic Ocean. The protest has taken the name of “Shell No” and it’s held nearby to the dock of Shell’s Polar Pioneer drilling rig.
The kayakers have arranged themselves in a typical formation and they are hoisting signs and banners that state, “Climate Justice,” “Oil-Free Future” and “We can’t burn all the oil on the planet and still live on it.” A number of activists were seen with posters and red scarfs with the Shell logo having crossed kayak paddles underneath.
The executive director of the environmental group Greenpeace USA, Annie Leonard believes that there are an ample of reasons why companies shouldn’t drill in the Arctic. The companies should focus rather more on the renewable energy considering the climate change impacting the world. According to Leonard, “Why would we invest in an energy source that scientists say is leading us to catastrophe?”. A good number of people are also afraid of an oil spill in the region that may cause disaster on many different levels.
Greg Huyler, who is a scuba diver, also stood in the protest with a head shake in disappointment over Shell’s plan to drill in the Arctic. According to him, “It’s a bunch of crap. The problem is, all of these kayaks are petroleum products, and they’re going to gripe about drilling for oil. And 90 per cent of them drove here in cars that use petroleum products.”
The other protestors were also wary of the disasters it could cause to the nature. Alli Harvey, who is the representative from Alaska for the Sierra Club’s Our Wild America Campaign said, “Science is as clear as day when it comes to drilling in the Arctic: the only safe place for these dirty fuels is in the ground.”
The Arctic is home to almost 30 percent of the undiscovered natural gas in the world. The website of Shell says, “This amounts to around 400 billion barrels of oil equivalent, 10 times the total oil and gas produced in the North Sea to date. Developing Arctic resources could be essential to securing energy supplies for the future, but it will mean balancing economic, environmental and social challenges.”
The protestors are not giving up on their battle against Shell’s idea to drill in the Arctic. We will have to wait and see how the company acts on the matter. Learn more at ShellNo.org.
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