The crew of the Greenpeace ship
Arctic Sunrise took part in a peaceful protest intended to expose the threat of
oil drilling and climate change in the Arctic. “Due to the retreating ice, new
areas are being made accessible for industrial exploitation. This would further
endanger the already threatened environment of the Arctic. Melting of the ice in
the Arctic may have catastrophic impact on the whole mankind. The world leaders
must take the magnitude of the situation into serious account and work together
to save the Arctic rather than destroying it,” said Biswajit Mohanty, noted
Conservationist and environmental activist from Odisha.
A good number of legal experts from across
the globe have strongly reacted against the seizure of the ship, Arctic
Sunrise, and against framing of piracy and Hooliganism charges on the
Arctic 30. The government of the Netherlands has also filed a request
with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS)
requesting it to order for release of the Arctic Sunrise vessel and all
The members discussed and highlighted the
key role that India could play to ensure protection of the wider Arctic
by promoting scientific research and international peace collaborations.
“India’s capacity as an observer on the
Arctic Council and our deep interest in the issue of climate change
gives us an opportunity to display global leadership in calling for the
Arctic region to be made a natural reserve. The Indian leaders can join
the world in creating a positive message to safeguard the fragile
environment of the Arctic,” said Pari Trivedi, Greenpeace India Media
Officer, while discussing India’s possible role in the Arctic.
Renowned Sand Artist Sudarshan Patnaik
also shared the podium and spoke, ‘The Arctic 30 protested peacefully on
behalf of all the countries and their people.” Deeply moved by the
action of the team Arctic 30 to save the planet from environmental
destruction, Patnaik declared that he would create a massive sand art in
Puri to highlight the cause.
Pressing upon its faith in non-violent
activism, members of the organisation urged the Indian leaders act
promptly to protect the Arctic and free the Arctic 30.