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Where Does Greenpeace Stand on Seal Hunting?

Posted by Jon Burgwald — 22 January 2016 at 12:19pm - Comments
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Late last year, I was interviewed about Greenpeace’s position on seal hunting by the American news channel MSNBC. I think it’s important to clarify where we stand on this important subject.

Greenpeace is completely against the commercial hunting of seals for profit. We always will be.

Totally saying no to Arctic oil

Posted by ben — 26 September 2012 at 10:57am - Comments
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Stop Arctic destruction

"Oil on Greenland would be a disaster."

"Energy companies should not drill for crude in Arctic waters."

"The risk of an oil spill in such an environmentally sensitive area is simply too high."

Sounds familiar? Today, it’s not Greenpeace saying this – it’s a major oil company.

Conversations with Greenlanders (and non-conversations with oil companies)

Posted by Jon Burgwald — 23 January 2012 at 1:41pm - Comments
Greenland's capital, Nuuk
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Greenland's capital, Nuuk

I’ve passed north of the polar circle on our trip visiting the west coast of Greenland. The temperature has dropped to -15C: snow is mounting outside my window and in the beautiful harbour city Sisimiut the fjord is filled with ice. At night time, the northern lights are dancing in the sky to the distant howling from the town’s sledge dogs. This wolf-like dog is only allowed north of the Arctic Circle. In a few days, I will be debating oil drilling at the local college – a college that focuses specifically on minerals and petroleum.

Telling oil companies the truth

Posted by Jon Burgwald — 1 December 2011 at 4:01pm - Comments
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Today, the Greenland Bureau of Mineral and Petroleum invited the world’s biggest oil companies to a meeting in Copenhagen that could be of extreme importance for the future of the Arctic. And we were there to make sure the oil representatives heard about what's really going on in the frozen north.

No oil in the Arctic for Cairn, but hazardous chemicals aplenty


Posted by bex — 29 September 2011 at 10:50am - Comments
The Arctic Sunrise and the Esperanza intercept Cairn Energy's controversial Arct
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Greenpeace's Arctic Sunrise and Esperanza intercepting Cairn Energy's controversial Arctic rig

Yesterday brought the news that yet another Cairn well off Greenland - the sixth so far - has come up dry. The Delta-1 well will be plugged and abandoned and Cairn now has to pin its hopes for this year's drilling season on two remaining wells.

Verdict: Cairn's oil spill plan is outlandish, simplistic and "wholly inadequate"

Posted by bex — 31 August 2011 at 6:35am - Comments
Cairn's Leiv Eriksson rig off the coast of Greenland
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Cairn's Leiv Eriksson rig off the coast of Greenland

Earlier this month, after more than 100,000 of you asked Cairn Energy to open up its Arctic oil spill response plan to public scrutiny, the government of Greenland stepped in and published it.

The verdict is now in. Veteran marine biologist and international oil spill expert Professor Richard Steiner has completed a review of the plan and, well, it's no wonder Cairn didn't want you to see it.

Today we confront Cairn in court

Posted by nick_gp — 6 June 2011 at 1:08pm - Comments
Our activists arrested after boarding Cairn's arctic rig
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Our activists arrested after boarding Cairn's arctic rig

Today our mission to protect the Arctic moves from the frozen seas of Greenland into the courts of Amsterdam and Greenland.

After our first occupation of its oil rig at the beginning of last week Cairn filed for an injunction with the courts in Amsterdam. The injunction is aimed at preventing us taking any further action to stop drilling in the Arctic. It would mean we’d be fined two million euros for every day any future protest stops drilling on the company’s Arctic oil rigs.

The drills are heading into the Arctic ice

Posted by ben — 11 May 2011 at 4:01pm - Comments
Cairn's tugs drag icebergs out the way of its Arctic oil drilling rig
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Cairn's tugs drag icebergs out the way of its Arctic oil drilling rig

Yesterday, the UK’s wildest wildcat oil company, Cairn Energy, received the news it has been waiting for: it got permission from the Greenland authorities to start its 2011 Arctic drilling programme.

Save the Paula Bear!

Posted by jamess — 28 April 2011 at 10:00am - Comments
Paula's looking for work .. we've got something for her
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Paula's looking for work .. we've got something for her

UPDATE: We've hit our target - thank you!

We need your help to save the polar bear. Well, one polar bear in particular.

Greenpeace have the opportunity to buy an astonishingly realistic polar bear costume to use in our work to tackle the causes of climate change - and help us stop reckless oil companies from drilling in the pristine Arctic wilderness.

Behind the scenes of the oil rig action

Posted by jamie — 9 September 2010 at 3:43pm - Comments

Belatedly, here's a video from the Esperanza featuring climbing superstar Sim, one of the four activists who scaled Cairn Energy's rig last week. As well as revealing Sim's personal reasons for wanting to stop the drilling, there are some spectacular shots from the action itself.

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