NO PLACE FOR A MAN
Journey to the Barents Sea with brave people from Greenpeace to protect what is left of the paradise
he objective of our tour on Greenpeace's ice breaker 'Arctic Sunrise' to the Barents sea was to make noise by protesting and spreading awareness that Norway is expanding it's drilling exercises far north into the pristine Arctic. It is giving licenses to oil companies, such as to the Austrian company 'OMV', and their oil rig 'Transocean Spitzbergen’. This oil rig was the main point of interest to show the wider Austrian audience where it's dear oil company is "dipping" it's sticky fingers.This particular rig is near the Bear island (Bjørnøya), a peculiar nature reserve of extreme but delicate beauty. It is a tiny island but a haven for millions of birds who nests on the southern cliffs every year. These cliffs are one of the largest breeding/nesting place for birds north of the Arctic circle.Because the island is for the most part of the year covered by snow, if a spill were to happen here, it would have devastating long-lasting consequences and it would be almost impossible to clean up the mess.