Battle for the Arctic
We all sit at our computers reading the latest information on the state of the world and to some degree feeling despair. The only way we’re going change the status quo is through action. It’s my privilege to be a close friend of one Phil Ball, who is most certainly a man of action for the future of our planet. Phil was among the crew of the Arctic Sunrise, a vessel of the organisation Greenpeace that has recently been attempting to draw attention to the expansion of drilling for oil into highly sensitive Arctic waters. It would seem that the evidence for climate change is little hindrance to economic ‘progress’.
Phil and the rest of the Arctic Sunrise crew now find themselves in Murmansk being held on a possible charge of piracy. Such a charge is entirely without justification when considering the peaceful protest protocols of organisations such as Greenpeace, and when it comes to my friend Phil, hardly could there be a man less inclined to violence or theft, both surely the essential foundations of any charge of piracy.
If you have the time and inclination to read this then you have the time to go to http://www.greenpeace.org/freeouractivists and lodge your concerns with the local Russian Foreign Representative.
Phil is a kind and gentle family man and I’d like to see him back with his partner and children as soon as possible. Thanks for your help.