At this moment, Shell is preparing its Arctic oil drilling fleet at Terminal 5 of the Port of Seattle. Work is proceeding seven days a week, from 7 am to 2 am. Shell expects the fleet to leave sometime from June 10th to June 15th. If they are delayed through June 29th, Shell will miss the Chukchi Sea’s ice-free season. We must be the delay.
You have heard the stark facts already. Indigenous peoples on the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas rely on the ocean for their way of life, including the Inupiat people across western and northern Alaska. The journal Nature reported five months ago, if the oil below the Arctic Ocean is burned, global warming of two degrees Celsius is guaranteed; which would cause a sea level rise of approximately 32 feet in the next century.
Several groups in Seattle have issued a call to action for a “June Against Doom“