#PDXvsShell Vigil and Flotilla
Join us at Cathedral Park in Portland on Tuesday to oppose Shell Oil’s destructive Arctic drilling operations, Part Two!! We have just learned that Shell’s newly-repaired icebreaker is leaving Wednesday morning; We will launch a kayak "floatilla" vigil to stop the ship leaving the port. An on-water and on-land vigil will help share the message that we hold our water, land, air, and stories to be more sacred than profits from destructive energy extraction.
Where: Cathedral Park, North Portland. Boat ramp is at the end of N Baltimore Ave, on the North side of the park.
When: Tuesday July 28th, Starting at noon, lasting until the ship leaves (and hopefully keeping it there!)
What to bring: A kayak, headlamp, towels, picnic supplies, lifejacket, sunscreen, warm clothes, a water bottle, a mat to sit in the park, a dry change of clothes, etc! We will provide as much as possible for your needs, but due to the short notice we ask you to anticipate and come prepared.
What's the risk? There will be areas for all levels of risk and comfort on the water. Please come join us for as much of this event as you can!
Connect with us to get real time information about the Fennica’s movement and the action:
Join the rapid response network. Text @sHellNOPDX to 23559 to join the rapid response network and receive text updates on actions Follow our Twitter feed at #PDXvsShell, #Floodthesystem and #ShellNo. Follow the Climate Action Coalition facebook page and 350pdx.org for updates.
If you are travelling to Portland and need housing, contact: Katy McFadden: 503-244-1351
This action is being organized by individuals from many groups in Portland, Seattle, and the region!
The Fennica, Shell Oil’s icebreaking ship used for Arctic drilling, is being repaired in Portland. It is scheduled to return to the Arctic Wednesday morning, where it will act as the ice-breaking ship for Shell oil drilling rigs and its support fleet, allowing Shell to commence delayed drilling operations off the Alaska coast.
Carbon emissions from the burning of fossil fuels are warming the Arctic faster than the rest of the globe, and the Arctic Ocean is rapidly becoming ice-free. The International Energy Agency warns that over two-thirds of all proven fossil fuel reserves must remain in the ground by 2050 to avert catastrophic climate disruption. InJanuary, the journal Nature reported that to maintain even a 50% chance of avoiding catastrophic global warming (beyond 2°C), there can be no drilling for Arctic oil. Nevertheless, Shell Oil is now exploring for even more oil in the Arctic with the permission of President Obama.
In a newly released study NASA’s former top climate scientist, Dr. James Hansen, says that with a 2°C temperature increase sea levels could rise at least 10 feet as soon as the middle years of this century, inundating coastal cities and even reaching inland cities such as Portland. With 10 feet of sea level rise, the dry dock where the Fennica is scheduled to be repaired would ironically be underwater.
This drilling also poses huge risks for local marine ecosystems The Arctic is a vital breeding and feeding ground for marine life, and home to numerous indigenous peoples who rely on a healthy marine environment for their survival. Offshore Arctic oil operations pose a 75 percent chance of a spill in the Arctic, the Department of the Interior calculates. The best expert opinion is that a spill would be virtually impossible to clean up.
Hope to see you in the Park soon!