After a peaceful protest to stop climate change, Russian authorities seized 28 international activists and two freelance journalists along with Greenpeace's ship, the Arctic Sunrise, on September 19th. Those activists and journalists, including the American ship captain, are now detained in a Russian jail without charge pending a piracy investigation. We're calling them the Arctic 30.
Join thousands of people across the world this Saturday in a global day of solidarity for the Arctic 30. Peaceful activism is vital when governments fail to respond to catastrophic climate change. We’re calling on everyone who knows it’s time to take action on climate change to stand with our brave friends now in a global candlelight vigil this Saturday. Everything you need is on this page or you can download a PDF version of the toolkit by clicking here.
What: Take a photo of a group of people holding the signs below at any location for a candlelight vigil.
What you need to do:
Invite your friends, neighbors and family and ask one of them to take the photo
Print copies of these graphics to hold in your photo:
When: Saturday October 5th, evening: Find out when the sun sets - the best photos will be when it’s not TOO dark out, but when the sun has just set. Candlelight vigils in the daytime don’t work as well.
Where: A public park, city hall, an iconic location in your city or on your campus, or even at your house. Check out all the events already happening around the world!
Keep the event simple. All you really need is people, 30 minutes, a photographer, and some candles. Be sure to greet the group, remind them why they are there and thank them for coming.
How you structure event is up to you. Maybe hold a moment of silence or invite attendees to share their thoughts. Print out copies of the rainbow dove and ask attendees to write a personal note and take a picture.
Tag your photos #freethearctic30 on social media and email the best pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can send to the Russian Government. You can also upload your photo directly to this page!
This is a disproportionate use of state authority to try to silence of every important global conversation that needs to be had. We are reaching the tipping point on climate. - Kumi Naidoo, Greenpeace International Executive Director