Below is an email from Ben Kroetz of the organization Greenpeace. Ben started a petition on the MoveOn website, where anyone can start their own online petition.
The "Arctic 30"—a freelance photographer, a freelance videographer, and 28 Greenpeace activists—have been charged with hooliganism in Russian courts. The charge carries with it a maximum sentence of 15 years in a Russian prison.
The Arctic 30 were on the scene of a peaceful protest at an offshore oil platform owned by Russian oil giant Gazprom. When they arrived, the Russian Coast Guard fired warning shots and threatened the activists' lives. Then, Russian Coast Guard officers illegally boarded and seized the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise.
Peaceful activism is vital when governments fail to respond to catastrophic climate change. This disproportionate response is purely to intimidate people who stand up to companies and countries that are causing global warming.
The petition to Ambassador Sergey Kislyak says:
Drop the charges of hooliganism and immediately release the 28 activists and two freelancers who have been detained by Russian authorities, return the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise, and end offshore oil drilling in the Arctic for good.
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