On January 8, we learned that Shell will be hosting their Arctic drilling rigs in Terminal 5 of the Port of Seattle. That same day the journal Nature published an article saying that Arctic oilÂ MUSTÂ be left in the ground in order to avoid catastrophic climate change. Drilling for Arctic oil is an open attack on people in the global south, who are already losing communities to rising seas and extreme weather. It could also spell disaster for one of the most unique wilderness areas on the planet and all of its inhabitants.
Shellâ€™s rigs will arrive as we mark the five-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. We need a massive peaceful resistance to confront Shell, and the systems of colonialism, racism, and capitalism that drive climate chaos.
From May 16 to May 18, join us in Seattle for three days of creative, people-powered resistance to Shell and the climate crisis.Â We will converge on the Seattle waterfrontÂ by land and sea, transforming Terminal 5 and Harbor Island into a festival of resistance that will nonviolently block Shellâ€™s preparations for Arctic drilling.
While we confront Shell, we stand in solidarity with indigenous peoples and people of color who endure the brunt of extraction and climate chaos.
We will unite in creative action, including a mass water-based blockade, and an event focused on working to honor our connections with this beautiful and complex planet. These events will build to a day ofÂ Mass Direct ActionÂ onÂ Monday, May 18, when we willÂ use nonviolent action to SHUT DOWN SHELLand all operations related to their Arctic expedition.
Shellâ€™s drilling rigs are a prime example of the root causes and injustice of the climate crisis. They will generate untold wealth for the few, while wrecking the climate for everyone, trampling on indigenous rights, and causing millions of deaths in the global south.
Fifteen years after the WTO protests, we will remind the world that corporations like Shell that abuse human, environmental, and labor rights are not welcome in Seattle. We are fighting for a world where we can all provide for our families without risking our health, planet, or future generations.
The fossil fuel economy of exploitation is over. A new world is within our reach.Â Rise up. Resist. Join us in Seattle!
Video fromÂ Nic Seton
From Twitter land where some said itÂ words such as:Â Beautiful, Amazing and evenÂ sleepy stowaway.
#PaddleInSeattle Beautiful…many hundreds of boats, another 1k-plus on land…#ShellNo we won't have Arctic drilling pic.twitter.com/qR0pecydhc
— Emily Johnston (@enjohnston) May 16, 2015
Wishing I was at the #PaddleInSeattle to join #ShellNo actions this weekend, the photos look amazing!
— Thomas Meyer (@ThomasMeyer24) May 16, 2015
#paddleinseattle hundreds of kayaks surround the #polarpioneer pic.twitter.com/3wLq3yY5S4
— Annie Leonard (@AnnieMLeonard) May 16, 2015
Kayaktivists are in the water! Follow live updates of the #PaddleInSeattle against Shell here: http://t.co/UfxovLv8jb pic.twitter.com/KK2GkMSTLA
— The Stranger ? (@TheStranger) May 16, 2015
Found a sleepy stowaway. pic.twitter.com/cjFHRq9y6W
— Sydney Brownstone (@sydbrownstone) May 16, 2015
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