celebratory maelstrom of all that is Arctic, thousands of people yesterday took
part in a mass act of creative civil disobedience.
dancing) alongside the biggest polar bear in the world, we carved a
carnivalesque path through the traffic of Westminster.
And so thousands of wonderful people brought a movement that has until
yesterday been hidden online, to the streets of London.
Outside Shell’s headquarters on the south bank
of the Thames, First Nation people, Kiera Kolson and Besha Blondin from the
Northwest Territories in Canada explained about what oil companies like Shell
are trying to do to their community, how they are resisting and how they need
the whole world to help.
Then together, the 3000
people left their mark of disapproval outside Shell’s HQ by drawing chalk lines
around feet and bodies inside an area that Greenpeace is legally banned from
And in a cacophonous finale everyone roared
with Aurora (who’s fur shook with the rage of the 3.7 million Arctic defenders
written there) to let Shell know they were proud to break Shell’s injunction
against Greenpeace and would not go quietly – a powerful Arctic uproar.