Kumi braves water cannons to scale Arctic oil rig
Posted by email on 19 June 2011, by Staff, Greenpeace International, greenpeace.org
As you read this, the global head of Greenpeace, Kumi Naidoo, remains in jail in Greenland. He was arrested on Friday after braving water cannons and freezing seas to scale an Arctic oil rig and demand that it stop drilling in this beautiful fragile environment.
Before leaving us here on the ship he said he’d been profoundly inspired by the 20 activists who’d gone before him in the past weeks – and proud to follow in their footsteps.
As he left the ship he had this to say:
This is one of the defining environmental battles of our age. It’s a fight for sanity against the madness of those who see the disappearance of Arctic sea-ice as an opportunity to profit. If we don’t stop them, the oil companies will send in the rigs and drill for more of the fossil fuels that got us into this mess in the first place – in a place where the cost of a spill is unimaginable.
We have to draw a line somewhere and I say we draw that line here today.
He left all of us on the ship feeling very inspired, and with a renewed determination to see this through to the end.
I think you’ll feel the same when you watch this amazing video of Kumi as he and his companion scaled the side of the giant rig.
Right now, Kumi remains in custody in a Greenlandic jail, but you can leave a message here for him to read once he regains his freedom.
- Nick (on board the Esperanza)
PS. We were all so inspired by this video and I think others will be too. Bearing witness is a core value at Greenpeace, one that motivated Kumi to scale that rig. Ask your friends to bear witness to the Arctic oil rush by sharing this video with your circle of contacts on Facebook or by email – here’s the link: