Together we are stronger. Together we can stop Shell.
ACTION: Shell will soon start destroying the Arctic and the natural habitat of the Polar bear. We don’t have long to join our voices and stop them.
If the Arctic suffers, we all suffer, so we want you to make a statement by merging your Facebook or Twitter profile pictures with the #SHELLNO oil spill.
1. Go to twibbon.com/support/SaveTheArctic and follow the instructions.
2. Add your new oil spill profile picture to Facebook or Twitter
3. Share a post with the #SHELLNO hashtag to help raise awareness
ACTION: We want to have a direct negative effect on Shell before they have a negative effect on the Arctic. If as many people as possible troll on Shell’s Wikipedia page and share the content on social media, it’s sure to be problematic for them. And if we all do this at the same time, they will have a hard time fixing it!
1. Copy the following text:
"Shell Oil Company" could start drilling in the Arctic sea by August 2015 and it's going to destroy it, we are still in time to stop it! #SAVETHEARCTIC #SHELLNO
2. Go to Shell’s Wikipedia page (Shell Oil Company) and Register or Login en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shell_Oil_Company
3. Edit Shell’s content page: paste the previous text and press Save Page
4. Take a picture of your action before it's too late, share it using the hashtag #SHELLNO and invite your friends to do the same!
Shell’s Arctic drilling fleet is on the move. The drillship, Noble Discoverer and the oil rig Polar Pioneer are on their way to the Alaskan Arctic via Seattle. We aren’t going to allow them to slip into the far north unnoticed and here are just a few reasons why not.
September 2012 - In an initial test in Puget Sound, WA, Shell's Arctic oil spill containment system is "crushed like a beer can."
November 2012 - The drillship, Noble Discoverer, catches fire.
December 31, 2012 - Kulluk drilling rig breaks loose from tow lines five times in heavy storm and runs aground off Kodiak Island, Alaska.
The company that operated the Noble Discoverer and the infamous Kulluk oil rig for Shell, pleaded guilty to 8 environmental and maritime felonies in 2014.
Other oil companies have stated that Arctic drilling is too risky, and have even allowed their own permits to expire.
Does that sound like a company that should be trusted with the future of the Arctic?
Launched in February 2002, the Esperanza is the largest vessel in the Greenpeace fleet. And Esperanza – Spanish for "hope" – was the first Greenpeace ship to be named by our supporters.
Now Shell are posing a direct threat to the Arctic with their plans to drill, the Esperanza will be right there to shine a light on activities and defend a region already suffering the effects of global climate change.
The Arctic is home to an incredible and diverse wildlife, of which the polar bear is one of the most recognizable species. But all Arctic species depend on sea ice to survive, and this ice is vanishing at a terrifying rate.
Without sea ice to hunt, rest, and breed, the very survival of polar bears and other wildlife is under direct threat. Mother polar bears are struggling to find food and maintain strength and reproduction amongst polar bears is declining. The cubs that are born must fight against increasing odds just to survive into adulthood.
Unless we take action soon, experts warn that polar bears could disappear completely from the Arctic in the next 100 years. Act now to protect their home.
Over 13 million people call the Arctic region their home. Indigenous Peoples have inhabited the region for countless generations.
Many communities in the Arctic continue to rely on sustainable hunting, fishing, whaling and the gathering of wild plants for food and medicine, all of which is a big part of their cultural identities and critical to providing sustenance. Climate change in the Arctic is already affecting the lives of its residents as hunting becomes increasingly risky and animals migratory patterns keep changing.
An oil spill in the Arctic region could bring devastation to the communities that rely on the health of its ecosystem for their survival. Many people in these communities are speaking out against reckless fossil fuel development. We stand alongside them in solidarity to say Shell NO.
The Arctic is the like a global air conditioner. But thanks to climate change it's warming twice as fast as the rest of the world and sea ice is vanishing before our eyes.
The ice at the top of the world acts as a parasol and reflects much of the sun’s heat back into space and keeps the planet cool, stabilizing the weather systems that we depend on to grow our food.
Because of pollution from fossil fuels, the amount of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean is falling rapidly. This melting could further disrupt global weather patterns and make warming happen faster. The earth would begin to absorb more of the sun’s energy, causing even more warming which would be devastating not only for the people and animals who live in the region - but for the entire planet. Protecting the Arctic means protecting us all.
Shell has faced many challenges on its path to destruction, but the most problematic and unanticipated of all has to be...the PEOPLE.
In May 2015, the Obama Administration gave Shell conditional approval for their plans to drill for oil in the Arctic. This was the catalyst that ignited colorful and impassioned protests, particularly in Seattle, where the Shell fleet was attempting to dock prior to their Arctic voyage.
The Paddle in Seattle ensued. Hundreds of activists took to the waters of Elliot’s Bay in rainbow of kayaks and canoes to give Shell a resounding ShellNO! The images were striking as brave “kayactavists” from many organizations and groups arranged themselves near Shell’s gargantuan oil rig. The demo attracted worldwide attention from the media and it wasn’t long before President Obama himself felt the need to speak out in defense of Shell’s plan.
June 15 saw a kayak blockade of the Polar Pioneer as it attempted to set off to the Arctic. Activists succeeded in delaying Shell by several hours both in the harbour of Seattle and nearby at Bainbridge Island. It became apparent that Shell was not prepared to manage unexpected circumstances, which does not bode well for their period of exploration in the Arctic.
The PEOPLE have made it clear: Arctic drilling is not acceptable.
What if...there is an oil spill?
Shell claims it can recover 95% of oil spilled, but in many cases, in kinder environments, recovery rates are less than 10%. So Shell is probably not able to come even close to their claimed number. On top of that research shows that most oil recovery techniques do not work in Arctic conditions. On top of THAT oil is barely affected (so it is barely broken down) by natural processes in the Arctic. The result would be a disaster.
What if...Shell is cutting costs and corners?
Recent low oil prices mean it’s very possible that Shell may employ budget cutting tactics in the run up to the execution of their Arctic drilling plan. This in turn could reduce the incentives for staff working on the rigs, to adequately follow safety procedures. Onboard negligence is a major factor in oil spill risk and oil spill recovery success rate.
What if...Shell finds oil?
This will result in a lot of extra pressure on the currently pristine Arctic waters due to increased traffic from oil rigs and tankers, creating an impact on the local wildlife. More oil companies will start exploration and Shell would expand drilling efforts, increasing the risk of the inevitable oil spill.
If Shell finds oil in the Arctic and this oil is burnt, we could see global temperatures rise above the 2° maximum globally agreed limit to avoid the worst effects of dangerous climate change.