Meet Aurora ~ a five metre tall animatronic Polar Bear.
Yesterday Greenpeace activists manoeuvred her into position in front of the London headquarters of Shell, the oil company that is determined to drill into the Arctic sea~bed, putting it ~ and the World ~ in danger from possible spillage that they could not contain or be able to clean up
Sixty~four protestors have chained themselves to Aurora, to make it more difficult for her to be removed. They hope to remain there until September 28th, when Shell’s window for drilling closes; giving interviews, handing out leaflets and drawing media attention to their cause.
Over the past few months Greenpeace have been attempting to change Shell’s plans with a number of other peaceful demonstrations, including:
- Climbers suspending themselves from the St John’s bridge in Portland, Oregon to prevent an ice~breaking ship leaving port.
- ‘Kayaktivists’ in Seattle blockading the progress of an Arctic~bound oil rig.
- Musicians ~ from brass bands to bagpipers ~ performing the same four movements of the piece ‘Requiem for the Arctic’ outside Shell’s headquarters in London, every day throughout August. (I wrote about that here.)
- Welsh singer, Charlotte Church, adding her voice to this month~long protest by performing the 1960’s blues number ‘This Bitter Earth’ ~ which she describes as ‘one of the most poignant, heartfelt and heartbreaking songs I’ve ever heard.’
I’m one of over 7,000,000 (seven million) people around the world who are committed to saving the Arctic and averting catastrophic destruction of it’s fragile Eco~system ~ which would be devastating for us all. From the comfort of my own living room I’ve signed on~line petitions, emailed Shell, commented on their Facebook page and shared links on Twitter. And I’m blogging about it.
If you’d like to join in ~ and learn more about the reasoning behind this amazing polar bear ‘puppet’ and how she was constructed ~ please follow this link: AuroraRoar or visit http://www.savethearctic.org.
We only have one Planet and it’s up to us to nurture it, in any way we can!
Nurturing Thursday is hosted by Becca Givens, author of the inspiring blog ‘On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea.’ To read more about it, or to find out how you can join in, please visit On Dragonfly Wings With Buttercup Tea.
Other ‘Nurturing’ contributors are:
Crowing Crone Joss
Inside the Mind of Isadora
Tea and Paper
Bowl of Cherries