This is insane – but can we stop it?
Just because we can do something does not always mean we should. Climate change is making it possible to extract hydrocarbons from previously impossible places. However, knowing that something will have long-term adverse consequences but choosing to do it anyway – Isn’t that a working definition of insanity…?
If it is, shouldn’t we invoke the “when you realise you’re in a hole you should always stop digging” principle?
This is a the text of an email I received from Greenpeace yesterday:
Today, a Finnish icebreaker is heading to Alaska to help Shell drill for oil. Everyone has a limit – for me it’s the Arctic. That’s why I’m here in Helsinki to stop it before it gets there. And that’s why I need your help. Take action now and stop Shell with me. [N.B. This is a time-sensitive campaign response - please visit Greenpeace website and enter your name and email address and they will email Shell on your behalf.]
The Arctic is one of the last untouched natural areas on the planet, home of polar bears, narwhals, and other unique wildlife.
Due to climate change, the Arctic sea ice is melting at an accelerating rate, opening up the Arctic to companies in search of more oil.
It is wrong in so many ways. What would happen when an oil spill happens, I’m afraid to even think of it.
And I’m not alone. In the last three months, nearly 400,000 people from all over the world have taken action against one of the most powerful and dangeous companies that has ever existed. But we need you too. By the end of this week we want 500,000 people shouting at Shell that it must end its campaign of Arctic destruction. Click here now. [N.B. This is a time-sensitive campaign response - please visit Greenpeace website and enter your name and email address and they will email Shell on your behalf.]
We can change things! Together we can stop Shell and other oil companies from destroying the Arctic. Not everyone can board a ship to demand that change. But today, you can email Shell and ask them to stop drilling for oil and ask 10 of your friends to do the same. Together, we can save the Arctic!
Greenpeace Nordic activist from Finland.