“Seattle protesters demonstrate against Shell’s arctic drilling plans.”
Photo credit: Alex Garland
– “In the Face of Shell’s Arctic Drilling Plans, Seattle Activists Speak Out”
By Martha Baskin, Truthout:
“When the Port of Seattle offered Royal Dutch Shell a home port for its Arctic drilling fleet, it didn’t take long for climate justice to become the rallying cry. Add the fact that Seattle – along with the rest of the country – is experiencing a widespread, deepening awareness across generations and cultures of the rapid pace of climate change, and the fuse was ready to be lit.
Sarra Tekola and Katrina Pestano are climate justice activists living in Seattle. Both are involved in the ongoing battle to stop Shell from drilling in the Arctic this summer. Both have roots in the global South, a deepening awareness of the climate crisis faced by their generation – Tekola is 22 and Pestano is 31 – and a stake in the various cultures and places they call home.
When they learned of the backroom deal the Port of Seattle signed to facilitate Royal Dutch Shell’s Arctic drilling plans, they found ways to make their voices heard.”