Six women, all from different countries but with a common goal, scaled the Shard with a ladder-like structure and rope. Their mission was to bring attention to the oil companies’ part in climate change and the destruction of the Arctic. Their main target was Shell, which boasts as one of the top oil companies in the world. This was no small feat. London’s Shard is the tallest building in Western Europe reaching up to 1,016 feet, according to BBC News.
The climb created a media firestorm with praises from all over the world and cries to “keep Shell out of the Arctic.” The hash tag #iceclimb became a top trend on Twitter as Greenpeace tweeted the progress of all six climbers.
“The Shard is bang in the middle of Shell’s 3 London HQs. Today the #iceclimb team is rising above oil greed to demand Arctic drilling stops,” Greenpeace tweeted to explain why they chose the Shard.
According to BBC News, Shell reported that drilling in the Arctic was “not new”. Shell, and other oil companies, continue to ignore the science and evidence that proves that not only are we causing harm to the Arctic by drilling for oil, but we are also responsible for the speeding up of climate change. The profit is going into the hands of a select few while everyone else profits from nothing in exchange for the destruction of the planet.
Greenpeace is asking each of you to join the movement! Fight for our home! Although you’re not expected to go around scaling huge buildings, you can do your part by writing to leaders in your country to help stop the damage being done. Small change is still change and when coupled with everyone else can make a huge difference.