On top of the world, a ceremony for millions

The four youth ambassadors lower the pod to the seabed at the North Pole

Happy Earth day, Mother Earth and fellow earthlings! I am ashamed to admit I completely forgot the significance of this day, but hey I’m human and I forget things but one thing I can’t fail to remember is our responsibility towards our home planet. I would have loved to write more extensively especially on the Arctic region but I haven’t prepared anything – as yet.

So let me bring you news on the Greenpeace activists who trekked to the top of the world to leave a message for the present and for the future, to mark the Arctic land of no one man or country but to every one of us. To protect this precious bit of land from the greedy thoughtless companies. You won’t have to go very far to think who I’m talking about. Big oil has run its course, it’s time to move on to more sustainable ways of powering our homes and businesses, our lives. The transition will take time, yes, but we must give it a chance and not stubbornly hold on to the harmful ways.

Do you remember this post where I reblogged from the GP blog? Well, they’ve reached! On the 14th this month they lowered the time capsule, containing the names of almost three 3 million arctic activists (people like you and me!), on the seabed beneath the north pole. The following in italics is what I’ve copied from greenpeace.org.

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Something incredible happened yesterday.

Our four young explorers on a mission with Greenpeace have planted a flag on the seabed beneath the North Pole, at the same spot where a submarine planted a Russian flag claiming the Arctic for Moscow.

After a gruelling week-long trek across the frozen Ocean, over giant pressure ridges and around icy pools of open water, we planted our ‘flag for the future’ 4km beneath the ice at the top of the world and called for the region to be declared a global sanctuary. We ran into some technical difficulties on the first go, and had to try again before lowering the pod by hand. But not before filming some beautiful shots of the pod in the icy waters. 

The flag is attached to a glass and titanium time capsule containing the names of 2.7 million people who joined the campaign to Save the Arctic. We came to the Pole to say this special area of the Arctic belongs to no person and no nation, that it is the common heritage of everyone on Earth.

As global warming melts the sea ice, companies such as Shell and Gazprom are moving in to exploit the region’s oil. We stand in solidarity with Indigenous Peoples across the Arctic whose way of life is threatened by the unchecked greed of industry. We’re asking that the area around the Pole be made off-limits to oil companies, industrial fisheries, and the claims of nation states.

Before lowering the pod, the four ambassadors held a ceremony at the top of the world, offering their wishes for the future, their dreams for a different tomorrow. Here’s what they said:

The ceremony to mark the pod drop at the North Pole

Renny: Young  people like us are living in a world that has been shaped by others.   We deserve a chance to set a different course. I come from the Seychelles, a beautiful island which could disappear under rising seas. The melting of the Arctic matters to my people, and billions more.

Josefina: Yet the world’s most powerful companies and governments are not trying to slow this melting. Instead they want to exploit the place where we stand today. 

Kiera: We wish to create a sanctuary in the uninhabited area around the North Pole and keep destructive industry out of the Arctic.

Ezra: We imagine a new politics that respects the next seven generations ahead and understands the connections between all things.

Kiera: We see a world where the rights and culture of Indigenous Peoples are honoured and respected.

Sol: We see a new economy that understands the value of life and puts people and the planet before profit.

Renny: We ask our leaders to recognize that climate change is upon us and to work together to fight it, for of us and for our children. 

Ezra: By creating a sanctuary we will take a symbolic first step towards redefining our relationship with Mother Earth. 

Josefina: We offer these words with respect for those who came before us, and hope for those yet to be born.

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I just wish I was there! It’s inspiring to see these people – young people – taking a stand, they are the voice of the millions and even billions of people who are affected by climate change resulting from careless acts of uncaring humans. The oil and coal companies are not the only ones who share that category, it includes everyone who has the power to change their lifestyles for the greater benefit for our Earth and those who inhabit it and choose not to do anything about it.

In the States and other first world countries there are recycling plants and not everyone takes the few minutes to sort garbage, how long would it take? In my country there isn’t even one of those, Guyana’s still a good way from being ‘up there’ and I hope that someday my gov’t will invest in such a facility. I’m thinking up a letter to send to them, not everyone gets answered by I’ll try anyway.

Do what you can for the environment and make it your business to convert your families and colleagues into going green. Educating our children plays a crucial part for our and their future. Plant the seeds in fertile ground and water them with knowledge and they will sprout and bloom into beautiful and strong trees, plants and flowers.

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