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Beware the bear at the roadside – Greenpeace protest planned near Truro

By WBNews  |  Posted: October 17, 2012

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A PROTESTOR dressed as a polar bear will lead a demonstration on the outskirts of Truro on Saturday.

Cornwall Greenpeace volunteers will be asking passing motorists to support their campaign to put pressure on Shell regarding drilling for oil in the Arctic.

The environmental campaigners will be arriving outside the Playing Place garage on the A39 between Truro and Falmouth at 11am.

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  • zoerawlence  |  October 22 2012, 9:39PM

    Climate change is the biggest single threat to public health, ecology, and the economy the human race has ever faced. Our children are likely to suffer hardships we have never had to imagine because of our actions. Yes we all use oil. Yes we are all part of the system. Because we don't have a choice. The problem we have with admitting and engaging with this immense issue is that we think we have to be perfect to act. Its ok to try and change things even if you aren't perfect. no humans ever have been (except maybe hunter gatherers) stop feeling guilty. Start acting and preserving what is left of our precious planet for our children. What are you going to tell them? "oh sorry I didn't try and stop massive corporations screwing up the planet and goverment's ignoring them because i thought it was my fault too"".....its a complex and difficult issue, but not facing up to it doesn't help anyone. I could easily not bother because we are all going to die anyway.but i do. because believe it or not I don't want that to happen. And neither, I would imagine , do you.

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  • barrtribe  |  October 22 2012, 6:15PM

    I appreciate the clarification and part of me agrees with the sentiment. The problem is that the oil fields are drying up and the demand for oil is not waining. Yes according to a report last week ; there were fewer ltrs of petrol sold last year. Therefore I feel that if a protest is to be done it should be about ensuring that the safety and best drilling practice is adhered to not the banning of something that is inevitable if we are to support the demand from everyone in the world to some degree..

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  • JoKat  |  October 22 2012, 1:44PM

    The protest itself was not specifically against oil, petrol or car driving but against oil drilling in the Arctic as Shell is one of the first companies to do this. The protest was part of Greenpeace's "Save the Arctic" campaign. They are campaigning for this because of the risk of an oil spill. Due to the inaccessibility of the Arctic Ocean it would be very difficult to clear up a spill. This could have global impact as the Arctic Ocean is important for global climate, ocean currents and nutrient recycling. Greenpeace are campaigning for the Arctic Ocean to be protected and oil drilling permanently prevented there

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  • spankcolin  |  October 22 2012, 1:43PM

    I think some people have missed the point, the reason the protest took place was not that our society use oil, but that Shell are one of the companies planning to drill in the Arctic. The same dirty energy companies that caused the Arctic to melt in the first place are looking to profit from the disappearing ice. They want to open up a new oil frontier to get at a potential 90 billion barrels of oil. That's a lot of money to them, but it's only three years' worth of oil to the world. Previously classified government documents say dealing with oil spills in the freezing waters is "almost impossible" and inevitable mistakes would shatter the fragile Arctic environment. To drill in the Arctic, oil companies have to drag icebergs out the way of their rigs and use giant hoses to melt floating ice with warm water. If we let them do this, a catastrophic oil spill is just a matter of time. We've seen the extreme damage caused by the Exxon Valdez and Deepwater Horizon disasters - we cannot let this happen in the Arctic. It would be great if our society could change and stop using oil but that was not the point of the protest, and I don't think Polar Bears would be embarrassed, if that's an emotion they have to anyone trying to save their Natural Environment.

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  • barrtribe  |  October 17 2012, 5:33PM

    I wonder if those people protesting will arrive by car or bus, heat their houses with oil or gas. Buy food from shops that are served by lorries , planes and trains. I wonder if they carry their food home in their car or on a bus or taxi or on bikes that have used oil based products to build or maintain them. I wonder if they eat their food that is transported in containers that are made of or been created and transported in using oil based products. Is the polar bear suit totally oil based product free. Are their clothes they where or the glasses they may wear totally devoid of any oil based product either in them or used in the production or transportation of them.

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  • bissoeboy  |  October 17 2012, 5:01PM

    Or proud to be associated with people trying to make a difference instead of moaning about everything?

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  • nick113  |  October 17 2012, 12:29PM

    Polar bears around the world must be cringing with embarrassment at the thought of being associated with a bunch of serial attention seekers.

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