There is a lot of coverage this week of the Greenpeace activists in the Arctic being detained by the Russian authorities, and I’m sure many of you have read the newspaper articles, looked at the you tube videos and some of you may even have signed the on line petition demanding their release. But have you really put any thought to what they are doing? what they have done? and who they really are?
I know I didn’t!
I’ll put my hands up to it!
I was of course horrified, the authorities have gone mad accusing them of piracy? really?
Of course I agree with what Greenpeace are doing, what they are trying to achieve, but it was another news item, like so many in a world where we pollute, destroy and over use resources. I was simply a concerned citizen, typically British and reserved about the whole thing and then move on…. didn’t a lot of us do the same?
But then yesterday a comment on Facebook made be stop in my tracks…. hands to my face…. surprise….shock….. you name it!
One of those people of that boat, someone facing the fear and horror of the unfolding situation is someone I know. Not just a name in the paper, not just a picture in a publicity shot, but a real life, genuine person I know!
Someone I have spent many happy hours with. Someone I could call an old friend, someone I have shared a stage with – don’t ask but it involved a famous slug balancing act.
And it put it in a whole new light for me. This was personal now, someone I cared about was in trouble……..
And then it made me think even harder – we should all be thinking like that anyway!
We should all be outraged, on a personal level about the treatment of these people and maybe even more importantly we should all be outraged at the plans for oil drilling in the Arctic.
By all means watch the You Tube videos of their protests at formula one and smile at the ingenuity of it all.
Read the article in the paper about climbing buildings to hang a banner and be impressed at the audacity of the climber.
But be most impressed by the bravery of normal every day people, with normal jobs, lives and families who have had enough of it all and made a stand!
People who want a better future for their children, our children and for everyone else on the planet!
So please – take the time to sign the petition – HERE
Consider joining Greenpeace to add further support to their actions – HERE
And if you’re still not sure, then read about why they are trying to change the world – for the sake of future generations we need to do what we can!
Do it because they are real people, with a real cause and they are doing all of this for us all!