Greenpeace activists scale London's Shard to protest Arctic drilling
Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 00:50
July 11 - Six female Greenpeace activists scale Britain's tallest building in protest at oil and gas drilling in the Arctic. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: Six female activists from environmental group Greenpeace scaled London's Shard skyscraper on Thursday to protest oil and gas drilling in the Arctic.
The six women started their ascent at 4 a.m. local time and were expected to reach the top by mid-afternoon when they planned to unfurl a "giant piece of art that will show the true beauty of the Arctic and why we're telling Shell to keep its rusty rigs away".
Greenpeace say they picked the Shard, not only because it is modeled on a shard of ice, but because it sits bang in the middle of oil and gas company Shell's three London headquarters. They say Shell want to drill for oil in places that have only become accessible due to the melting of Arctic ice, adding that the burning of that oil will only accelerate the melt in a vicious circle.
Last September, Arctic sea ice reached its lowest level on record and scientists say there could be an ice-free summer by 2030-2040.
The six climbers had to dodge security in the early hours to begin their climb, but police had been accommodating in letting them carry out their peaceful protest after Greenpeace explained their actions.
The Shard, which opened amid much fanfare in February, is majority owned by Qatar and houses a premium hotel, several restaurants, 12 floors of apartments, 600,000 square feet of office space, as well as a viewing deck.
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