Yesterday, this lovely picture appeared in my Facebook feed. Around the world, polar bears occupy Shell’s gas stations in a desperate attempt to save their home. Not only is Shell melting the Arctic through their fueling of climate change, now they want to go there to dig for more oil, although the ecosystem is extremely vulnerable in the area and Shell’s rutines to avoid oil spills are insufficient.
Of course, polar bears aren’t allowed to occupy gas stations, so they got a bit of trouble with the police force (no polar bear who participated in the occupation depicted above got arrested though). I wrote a month ago about how Greenpeace stated at the Rio+20 fiasco that “we have to intensify civil disobedience” since the legal process to stop climate change s going far to slow. What does climate civil disobediance look like, you may have wondered. Polar bear occupation of gas stations is one example. Human occupation of oil ships is another:
Not only polar bears are harmed by envionmental destruction but humans as well, especially the poor. A great majority of the people who are already affected by climate change related disasters live in poor countries. There’s no time to lose, we have to stop this awful oppression.
Sadly, some Christians have problems with making the world a better place when it comes to do it through civil disobedience. But Scriptures clearly says that one has to obey God more than men (Acts 5:29), and God himself broke the law for example in the Exodus miracle, when He liberated the apostles from prison in Acts, etc. Civil disobedience was effective to end racist segregation in the US and South Africa, and I’m afraid that we need similiar methods to end the current climate passivity in our societies. As Christians, we should use the power of the Holy Spirit to boldly make the world a better place, even if it involves polar bear occupation.
Join the Greenpeace campaign against Shell’s dirty Arctic plans here!