Black Ice: The Story of the Greenpeace Arctic 30

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Van Rouveroy van Nieuwaal, Maarten. Black Ice. The Story of the Greenpeace Arctic 30. Amsterdam: Greenpeace Productions, 2014. HD, 53 min.

When the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise set sail to protest the first ever oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean, none of the people on board could have known what was coming. Seized at gunpoint by Russian special forces, the “Arctic 30” were thrust into headlines all over the world, facing up to 15 years in prison and finding themselves at the center of a bitter international dispute. A similar protest the previous year at the same oil platform had seen the Greenpeace activists walk away untouched. This time, the events that unfolded sent shockwaves across the world. With the eyes of the world upon them, Russia charged the crew, from 18 different countries, with piracy and hooliganism. It was the most ruthless response from a national government against an NGO in a quarter of a century. Their imprisonment, which saw worldwide media cast the Arctic 30 in the same mold as political prisoners like Pussy Riot and Mikhail Khodorkovsky, lasted months. However, their resolve to try and stop oil drilling in the Arctic was never broken. (Source: Official Film Website)

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Further readings: 
  • Anderson, Alun. After the Ice: Life, Death and Politics in the New Arctic. USA: Virgin Books, 2009.
  • Cone, Marla. Silent Snow: The Slow Poisoning of the Arctic. New York City: Grove Press, 2006.
  • Dolidze, Anna. "The Arctic Sunrise and NGOs in International Judicial Proceedings." American Society of International Law Insights 18, no. 1 (2014).
  • Jernelöv, Arne. "The Threats from Oil Spills: Now, Then, and in the Future." Ambio: A Journal of the Human Environment 39, no. 6 (2010): 353–66.
  • Stewart, Ben. Don't Trust, Don't Fear, Don't Beg: The Extraordinary Story of the Arctic 30. London: Guardian Books, 2015.
  • Zelko, Frank. Make it a Green Peace! The Rise of Countercultural Environmentalism. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • Zelko, Frank. "Warriors of the Rainbow: The Birth of an Environmental Mythology." Environment & Society Portal, Arcadia 2013, no. 16. Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society.