Last Thursday I had the opportunity to hear Emma Thompson and two of the directors from Greenpeace speak on the issue of seismic blasting in the Arctic. It was a great evening and the discussion was heartwarming, funny and serious all at once. We heard how Greenpeace had originally gone to the Arctic to apologize for the way it's campaign against the seal hunt had hurt the Inuit way of life. This was never their intention. Their campaign was against the commercial seal hunt but had unfortunate consequences for those that whose lives depend on the seal. Needless to say, the Inuit were not friends of Greenpeace.
But some accepted the apology and saw an opportunity to work together. The people of Clyde River reached out to Greenpeace and said, actually, you could help us now. The people in Clyde River are in the fight of their lives, for their very way of life. They're trying to stop the government from allowing seismic blasting in the Arctic. Their case goes to the Supreme Court on November 30th.
It is the ultimate of human hubris that we are even considering blasting in the Arctic which is suffering some of the most dramatic effects of climate change. We saw the pictures of the melting Arctic, we heard about its fragile ecosystem and how the Inuit live off and with the sea. A tin of tomatoes is $20, and no food grows there. It's time to stop our search for oil and turn our attention to renewable energy. If your house was burning down, would you light a fire or look for water?
This insanity has to stop. Our house is burning down. The people of Clyde River need your voice. To find out more about this situation, please click on the link below and sign the petition. And if you can, donate to Greenpeace. They're trying to put the fire out.