Two Greenpeace activists went to a lot of trouble to deliver a petition on Friday. With 50,000 signatures in hand, they hopped into an inflatable boat off of the organization’s ship, the Esperanza, then climbed the ladder into the oil rig. Doesn’t sound so hard? They climbed up into the boat while water cannons were being pointed at them. Ouch.
The activists, one being Kumi Naidoo, the head of Greenpeace International, then climbed aboard and presented the petition to the master of the oil rig while demanding that the drilling be stopped.
The petition asks to see the oil rigs emergency response plan. However, after that the Greenpeace activists were told they were being arrested and sent to nearby Greenland.
Just before being arrested, Naidoo sent a message to the Esperanza saying, “I did this because Arctic oil drilling is one of the defining environmental battles of our age…The rapidly melting arctic sea ice is a grave warning to all of us, so it’s nothing short of madness that companies like Cairn see it as a chance to drill for the fossil fuels that got us into this climate change mess in the first place. We have to draw a line and say no more. I’m drawing that line here and now in the Arctic ice.”
The oil company Cairn said that the momentary occupation of the ship had no effect on their drilling. Ben Stewart from Greenpeace said, “This is far from over. The battle to stop Arctic oil drilling has only just begun.”
Watch the video of their journey aboard the ship below.
Via Huffington Post