A musical protest took place yesterday in London against the US Government‘s decision to allow Shell to drill for oil in the Arctic.
A group of musicians and Welsh singer Charlotte Church performed outside Shell’s offices.
Ms Church told ELN: “This is a global issue and I have been shocked and dismayed by all of the promises that I’ve heard in the elections about how are we going to invest so much more money in green energy.
“To see people and politicians totally turn their back on that, to me it is tragic and nonsensical and idiotic and irresponsible.”
The protest organised by Greenpeace is part of a month long musical demonstration called Requiem for Arctic Ice.
Charlie Krovick, Arctic campaigner at Greenpeace said: “There is no way that it is possible to drill safely for oil in the Arctic. If there is a spill and there will be a spill, there is a 75% chance of the spill over the life of the activities there. It is impossible to clean up. The question we need to ask to Shell but also to the US Government that gave the permission is what good think do they think is going to happen.”
ELN contacted Shell but they were unavailable for an interview.
A spokesperson said in a statement: “Shell respects the right of people to protest… However, it is disappointing that Greenpeace continually chooses to focus on mounting publicity stunts rather than engage constructively in the debate about how to meet the world’s growing demand for energy while reducing carbon emissions.
“We believe we can play an important role in developing the Arctic’s energy resources. We choose to explore there because we have the expertise and experience to operate responsibly and be profitable at the same time.”
When ELN asked the general public about their thoughts on the project, they said they are against it because “we are killing our planet” and it would make “the ice melt quicker”.