Shots fired so close they felt the splash in the water. Knives bared to slash their rubber boats. Russian special forces storming their ship from a helicopter. Five days incommunicado at sea under armed guard. And now, two months of detention in Russian jails. All for a peaceful protest to protect the Arctic.
Join the Global Day of Solidarity for the Arctic 30.
28 Greenpeace International peaceful activists and two freelance photojournalists were detained by Russian authorities after attempting a peaceful protest at a Gazprom oil platform in the Russian Arctic, to protect the fragile region from the disastrous consequences of reckless drilling.
Just last week, Arctic sea ice reached its lowest point all year – the sixth lowest in recorded history. Last Friday, the IPCC released a report stressing the urgent need for action on climate change.
Since then, over half a million people have written letters to their Russian embassies, demanding the immediate release of the peaceful activists, and the call to #FreeTheArctic30 has spread like wildfire all over the world. From governments to NGOs and independent legal experts, there’s been a ringing global cry to free the Arctic 30 that the Russian authorities will find it hard to ignore.
This moment is critical. The time is now to raise our voices to protect the Arctic, to speak out for those who are being silenced by the authorities for protesting against the destruction of our planet, and to stand up against the collusion of governments and companies in crimes against our future.