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“Alternative Nobel Prize” Laureates demand immediate release of Greenpeace activists

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Laureates of the Right Livelihood Award and members of the World
Future Council from more than 30 countries hail Greenpeace protests
against Gazprom’s Arctic oil drilling as a “service to humanity”
Hamburg/Stockholm – 10 November 2013: Today more than 75 laureates of
the Right Livelihood Award – often called the “Alternative Nobel Prize“
– and members of the World Future Council called upon the Russian
authorities to immediately release the 28 Greenpeace activists and two
journalists arrested for their peaceful protest against oil drilling in
the Arctic. The signatories from more than 30 countries “applaud the
sober minded and non-violent protests against Gazprom’s oil drilling in
the Arctic, which poses a dangerous threat to the fragile Arctic
environment and the global climate”. The crew from the Greenpeace ship
“Arctic sunrise” have been in jail in Russia for more than 50 days and
are faced with allegations of piracy and hooliganism for their peaceful
protest of the Prirazlomnaya oil platform belonging to the international
oil and gas company Gazprom.
According to the statement the signatories “feel that the Greenpeace
protest in the Arctic against oil drilling has drawn the world’s
attention to one of the most controversial plans of Gazprom and other
oil companies to consider the melting of the Arctic ice, a consequence
of human induced climate change, as encouragement to extract more fossil
resources.” All signatories regard the protests in the Arctic “as an
exemplary act of civil disobedience” and welcome the “on-going protests
in support of the Greenpeace activists and against Arctic drilling in
thousands of cities around the world.”
Among the signatories to the statement are Alexander Likothal,
President of Green Cross International and Elena Zhemkova, Executive
Director of Memorial (Russia), Wanjira Maathai Vice Chair, Green Belt
Movement (USA/Kenya), Daniel Ellsberg, Senior Fellow of the Nuclear Age
Peace Foundation (USA), Hans R. Herren, Founder of the Biovision
Foundation (Switzerland), David Suzuki, Co-founder David Suzukui
Foundation (Canada), Vandana Shiva, author and founder of the Navdanya
network (India), Bishop Erwin Kräutler (Brazil) and Michael Succow
(Germany), Founder of the Michael Succow Foundation for Nature
Conservation.
Jakob von Uexkull, founder of both the Right Livelihood Award and the
World Future Council: “We witness a continuously shrinking space for
activists and civil society in many countries. Activists get attacked,
killed, arrested and harassed for their service dedicated to humanity.
We give our full-hearted support to those courageous individuals around
the globe and condemn any actions of governments and corporations to
silence these heroes.”

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