Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Free the Arctic 30

If you haven't heard about it already, please take a moment to read about it now. On September 18th 2013, 28 Greenpeace activists and 2 journalists were arrested at gun point by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) for taking peaceful action against Gazprom oil platform in the Pechora Sea as part of the Save the Arctic Campaign. The FSB boarded the ship and detained the crew and towed the ship to Murmansk where they were initially charged with piracy a sentence carrying a maximum sentence of 15 years.

The boarding happened outside of Russian territorial waters in the Russian Exclusive Zone which is legally regarded as international waters and both the European Parliament and even President Putin himself has said the piracy charges were disproportionate. All 30 have been refused bail and the charges have now been changed to criminal hooliganism. Greenpeace, lawyers, activists, campaigners, politicians are all now working hard to secure the release of the Arctic 30 and here are some things you can do to help.

The latest is that the Arctic 30 have now been moved to St Petersburg, for reasons unknown and with no guarantee the conditions will be any better there. In a show of solidarity and gratitude, please see what the Philippines Chief Climate Negotiator said about the Arctic 30 below at the UN Climate Change Conference. You can read his full comments by clicking here.

1) Write to your MP and ask them to sign the Early Day Motion #607 tabled by Green MP Caroline Lucas that outlines the situation in Murmansk and calls on the Foreign Office to treat it as a priority. My own MP Sheila Gilmore has done so following my own email to her.

2) This Saturday November 16th 2013 is a Global Day of Action to Free the Arctic 30 organised by local Greenpeace networks across the country, to find your nearest protest please CLICK HERE.

For more detailed information on timeline of events please click here. 

To find out more on what you can do to Free the Arctic 30 please click here

Me doing my small but to raise awareness

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