Jun 21, 2011
On Friday 17 June, 2011, Kumi Naidoo, the head of Greenpeace international, and fellow activist Ulvar Arnkvaern, were arrested as he climbed an Arctic oil rig operated by Cairn Energy. He was following in the footsteps of 20 other Greenpeace activists who had gone before him in the past two weeks.
Kumi and Ulvar climbed the oil rig, situated 120 km off Greenland coast line, with the aim of handing over a petition signed by 50,000 people from all over the world demanding Cairn publish their oil spill response plan.
They wanted to personally call on Cairn to leave the Arctic.
Speaking moments prior to his arrest Kumi said:
"I did this because Arctic oil drilling is one of the defining environmental battles of our age. I'm an African but I care deeply about what’s happening up here. The rapidly melting cap of Arctic sea ice is a grave warning to all of us."
Friends of the Earth International stands in solidarity with Kumi Naidoo and all the activists arrested during the action. We extend our solidarity to all those who take a stand against against unsustainable practices. We support the right of local communities to reject and resist extractive industry operations that threaten their health and livelihoods.
We challenge the world's governments to redirect their support towards economic alternatives that could take us towards equitable and sustainable societies. At the same time, we call upon people everywhere to think critically and creatively about what they really need to consume and produce.