That’s right. My name is at the North Pole, along with the names of 2.7 million others who funded this Greenpeace venture.
Four young explorers endured a gruelling week-long trek across the frozen Ocean to plant 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.These daring young people went to the top of the world to say “this special area belongs to no person, no nation, that it is the common heritage of everyone on Earth.”
As global warming melts the sea ice, Shell and other companies are eager to exploit the region’s oil. Of course, our addiction to fossil fuels is the reason for the melting sea ice, which threatens the livelihoods of Indigenous Peoples across the Arctic. The four ambassadors ask that the area around the Pole should be made off-limits to oil companies, industrial fisheries, and the claims of nation stares.
I quote what two of them had two say:
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.
May it be so.