How Can We Stop Shell Drilling The Arctic? Charlotte Church Might Have The Right Idea…

What's the Welsh singer got to do with oil spills in the Arctic? It's more inspiring than you might think

Photo: The Guardian

Charlotte Church isn’t usually the first face that comes to mind when you say famous environmental activist.

Yesterday however, singing outside the Shell headquarters by the Thames in London, she earned her eco-warrior stripes.

Church sang the song ‘The Bitter Earth’ at an event set up by Greenpeace to protest against the company’s drilling in the Arctic.

Photo: Evening Standard

The event follows a decision last week by the Obama administration to give the green light on the drilling project, even though it had previously predicted it to have a 75 per cent chance of oil spillage if continued.

I can’t see how anyone could see footage of the Arctic melting and not feel moved

“I can’t see how anyone could see footage of the Arctic melting and not feel moved,” said Church at the event.

“Shell are putting at risk a fragile, beautiful ecosystem. They know that an oil spill is almost inevitable and they can’t clean it up, yet they’re doing it anyway.”

Photo: Evening Standard

Conditions in the Arctic make offshore drilling there very risky.

The likely spill would severely endanger Arctic wildlife, be devastating to the arctic environment and impossible to clean up.

With Charlotte Church and other well known faces like Jude Law and Emma Thompson joining environmentalists to raise awareness, let’s hope Shell reconsider the project and its consequences.

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