Shell employees arriving to work at the corporation’s London headquarters on Monday morning were greeted by the soaring strains of a musical protest, as a string orchestra performed the Greenpeace-commissioned “Requiem for Arctic Ice” to mark the first day of a month-long protest outside oil giant’s UK offices.
“This protest is about reaching into the hearts of Shell employees, and asking them to help Shell avert disaster,” said Mel Evans, the protest’s artistic director.
The fossil fuel company is on the verge of beginning an exploitative and profit-driven oil-drilling operation in the Alaskan Arctic, one that climate justice advocates warn will raise carbon emissions while endangering a pristine ecosystem that native communities rely on for their sustenance and heritage.
Monday’s “Requiem” is the second creative direct action Shell has faced in as many weeks, coming on the heels of a people-powered blockade in Portland, Oregon that successfully—if temporarily—stopped Shell’s massive Fennica icebreaker from leaving port on its way to the Arctic.
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