Word of the week: Kayaktivism!
Last week, a colourful fleet of activists in kayaks used their vessels to protest and blockade a deep sea oil drilling rig belonging to Shell. The rig has been based in the port of Seattle since May in preparation for exploratory drilling in Alaska's Chukchi Sea - and has been the target of an amazing and growing local resistance. Even the Mayor has said Shell's business is not welcome there.
On last Monday morning, 15 June, 24 kayaktivists were detained and had their boats towed by the Coast Guard for attempting to stop the oil rig, named the Polar Pioneer, from leaving Seattle's port. Shell's plan to explore for oil in the pristine Arctic has bewildered people around the world working for a fairer, cleaner society which is moving away from fossil fuels. This has sparked widespread action against Arctic drilling. We stand with the people of Seattle and across the globe: Keep Shell out of the Arctic. Kia kaha to everyone involved in the Seattle protests.
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