This building - modelled on a shard of ice - sits slap bang in the middle of Shell's three London headquarters. They don't want us talking about their plan to drill in the Arctic. We're here to shout about it from the rooftops. Join in by sharing this far and wide.
Victo, Ali, Sabine, Sandra, Liesbeth & Wiola
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Ali has been climbing since the age of 18 and a Greenpeace volunteer for one year. She hopes to help bring attention to the dangers facing the Arctic.
"We're climbing this building because it's time to draw a line in the ice and say to the oil companies you come no further."
Sabine has been volunteering with Greenpeace for seven years. She felt inspired to train as a climber after helping other activists in Belgium.
"If I can see the Shell headquarters that means they can see me and they'll see our message: get out of the Arctic."
Sandra recently completed an MA in environmental science and has spent four years volunteering for Greenpeace. She feels the Arctic is one of the most important campaigns of her generation.
"It's going to take hours. We're hauling ourselves into the sky, but Shell won't be able to ignore us anymore."
Liesbeth began climbing in high school and now climbs various terrains such as alpine, ice and rock. She joined Greenpeace seven years ago because she loves to be outdoors and it hurts her to see nature getting ruined.
"Climbing is what I do, but what about you? We can all do something to save the Arctic"
Victoria climbs in her spare time and has been involved with Greenpeace for five years. She feels that drilling for oil in the Arctic is one of the most heart-breaking acts of environmental destruction today and feels proud to be part of the resistance to these plans.
"Since I was a kid I saw the destruction of nature and wanted to shout something from the rooftops. That's what this is about."
Wiola has been a Greenpeace volunteer for four years. She wants to change the way that companies are exploiting vulnerable regions like the Arctic.
"I came to London to make a stand. We've trained so hard. Now we're ready."
We're attempting to scale the Shard to send a message to the headquarters of oil giant Shell.
In the last 30 years we've lost 80% of the Arctic sea ice.
The white ice cap at the top of the world has shrunk so much that scientists say the North Pole could be ice free any time in the next few decades. The last time there was no Arctic sea ice was 800,000 years ago.
The survival of polar bears and other iconic species is threatened by that melt. But the Arctic is more than just a home for polar bears. The vast white ice sheets reflects the sun’s rays back into space, cooling the entire Earth.
As the ice disappears our global weather becomes more unpredictable. Farming gets harder. Hunger gets worse.
The Arctic is a vital part of our home and that's why it matters to everyone on our shared planet to protect it.
Shell and other oil companies want to use the melting Arctic to drill for oil. They want to drill in the places they can only now reach because the ice is melting. And burning that oil only accelerates the melt.
It's a vicious circle that only makes sense if you're an oil executive thinking about your company's short-term profits. Or you're a politician hoping some quick money will help you win the next election.
But we are not those people. We have a responsibility to think bigger than that.
What we decide today about the Arctic and climate change will affect humanity long after these oil company logos and opportunistic politicians are forgotten.
That's why we're up here, scaling this skyscraper modelled on a shard of ice. As we look down, we're in the midpoint of Shell's three London offices. From here we want to send them a message they won't forget.
If we make it to the top, we hope to install a giant piece of art that will show the true beauty of the Arctic and why we're telling Shell to keep its rusty rigs away. We can see them, so we know they can see us.
But that's enough about what we're doing. We want to hear from you. What will you do to save the Arctic?
Let us know by sending us a message.
Create a global sanctuary in the uninhabited area around the North Pole and a ban on oil drilling and industrial fishing in Arctic waters.Close