kayakers prevents 100000 tons of Russian crude oil ‘Stop fueling the war,’ said kayakers who are preventing the transfer of 100,000 tons of Russian crude oil.
“Governments should have no excuse for continuing to pour money into fossil fuels that benefit a few and are stoking violence, as is the case currently in Ukraine,” a Greenpeace campaigner stated.
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Greenpeace activists braved frigid ocean temperatures off the coast of northern Denmark on Thursday to attempt to stop a Russian oil shipment. They also called on countries around the world to stop purchasing fossil fuels that are funding Russia’s war in Ukraine and to embark on an ambitious clean energy transition for the sake of “peace and safety.”
kayakers prevents 100000 tons of Russian crude oil
Swimmers and kayakers from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Russia positioned themselves between two supertankers in an attempt to prevent the transfer of 100,000 tonnes of Russian oil from one vessel registered in Malta to another vessel registered in Singapore, while holding placards that read “stop fueling the war.”
Greenpeace Denmark’s Sune Scheller spoke from an inflatable boat in the Kattegat about how fossil fuels and the money that flows into them are at the root of the climate crisis, conflicts, and wars that are causing immense suffering to people all over the world. “It is clear that fossil fuels and the money that flows into them is at the root of the climate crisis, conflicts, and war,” Scheller said.
“Governments should have no justification for continuing to pour money into fossil fuels that benefit a few and fuel violence, as is the case now in Ukraine,” Scheller continued. “If we want to be a force for peace, we must put an end to this and transition immediately away from oil and gas.”
Every time Russian fossil resources are acquired, “Putin’s war fund expands,” according to a statement from Greenpeace International.
At least 299 supertankers carrying oil and gas have left Russia since the country launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24, according to a tracking service built by Greenpeace UK. Of those, 132 were intended for Europe.
More than a quarter of the European Union’s crude oil, almost two-fifths of its natural gas, and nearly half of its coal have been imported from Russia in recent years, with the EU spending nearly €60.1 billion on Russian imports in 2020 alone. Last year, European nations spent up to $285 million per day on Russian oil alone, according to the International Energy Agency.
The environmental organization Greenpeace International reported that, despite recent pledges by several nations to bar Russian warships from entering their harbors, “Russian coal, oil, and fossil gas is still arriving via ships registered to other countries.”
When it comes to reducing its reliance on Russian fossil fuels in the coming months and years, the European Union is still working on a comprehensive import restriction, and by turning to the United States for more fracked gas, the EU is not moving closer to ending its overall dependency on fossil fuels.
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Apart from calling for a ban on Russian oil and gas, Greenpeace has called for a speedy worldwide phaseout of climate-destroying fossil fuels, such as coal. Governments around the world should “make long-term decisions in response to the fighting in Ukraine that will contribute to the establishment of peace and security,” the organization emphasized.
“I’m not just condemning Russian oil and fossil fuels,” Olga Lupilina, a Russian activist with Greenpeace Denmark who took part in Thursday’s blockade, wrote in a blog post. “I’m also protesting Russian oil and fossil fuels.” “We shouldn’t simply increase our reliance on imported oil, coal, and natural gas from other countries. If we desire long-term peace and more fairness throughout the world, we must transition to peaceful green energy sources.”
Renewable energy, in contrast to fossil fuels, “does not drive geopolitical power struggles or inequality, nor does it confer huge influence and wealth on a small number of individuals, corporations, or countries,” Lupilina claimed.
For his part, Scheller pointed out that “we already have the solutions, and they are more affordable and reachable than they have ever been before.”
“All that is required is political will to make a swift transition to peaceful, sustainable renewable energy sources and to invest in energy efficiency,” Scheller stated. In addition to creating jobs, lowering energy prices, and addressing the climate issue, this will reduce our reliance on imported fossil fuels, which are fueling conflicts across the world.