Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson wants you to save the Arctic!
Currently, Thompson is in the Arctic on the Greenpeace Esperanza experiencing climate change firsthand and hoping to do something about it — now. Via the peace and environmental organization’s Twitter account, Thompson has been sharing photos and reaching out to political leaders.
For example, here’s just one photo the actress posted for Australia’s prime minister Tony Abbott.
— 350 dot org (@350) August 10, 2014
While on the remote island of Spitsbergen, the “Harry Potter” and “Saving Mr. Banks” star is raising awareness about the melting of Arctic glaciers alongside her 14-year-old daughter, Gaia Wise, Canadian actress Michelle Thrush and her 14-year-old daughter, Imajyn Cardinal.
This is an issue Thompson doesn’t take lightly, as she told Greenpeace directly from the deck of the Esperanza, “We’re told that it is all our fault, global warming — we want the fuel, we want our cars, and that the oil industry is merely responding to the needs of a greedy public. But that’s simply not fair. Most of us want to live cleaner lives, but our governments don’t make these things easily available.”
She went onto say that “politicians often lose sight of issues that aren’t in front of them all the time,” so our society needs to take a stand, whether it be by joining a rally, reaching out to local leaders or attending the world’s largest climate march in New York this September.
Thompson also added, “Above all, I hope that people stop feeling so guilty and powerless about climate change. That’s the lie that keeps us paralyzed when really together, we are so much more powerful.”
She’s received an immense amount of support. Even Thompson’s friends have voiced their gratitude for her hard work, including Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, Stephen Fry and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Be sure to follow Greenpeace Esperanza and the hashtag #SaveTheArctic to keep tabs on Thompson and her journey.
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