Success: Arctic Drilling Operations Ceased


Target: Annie Leonard, Executive Director of Greenpeace, USA

Goal: Thank environmentalists for putting pressure on Shell Oil to stop drilling in the fragile Arctic region.

Thankfully, Shell Oil is ceasing their plan to continue drilling for oil in the Arctic. Activists need to thank environmentalists, including those in the ForceChange community, in order to send the loud and clear message that most people are against drilling in this fragile region and to also ensure these companies that trying to drill in the Arctic will only result in activists making all possible efforts to halt future operations.

While the reason that the company is publicly giving for ceasing their efforts is that not enough oil was found in the Chukchi Sea in order to continue with the search, it is speculated that Shell Oil was surprised over the amount of criticism they were receiving over the project, making it much more likely that the oil drilling was stopped because the voices of the people were heard. In fact, activists were heard so clearly that Shell’s reputation is now thought to be damaged as a result of making this very poor decision.

Unlike Shell executives, polar bears can finally breathe a sigh of relief, as ice will not be able to melt as fast due to oil drilling, better ensuring that they and other animals there will not starve. For example, polar bears will have a much easier time walking around on ice in order to hunt for food.

Show your support to Greenpeace and the many other hardworking activists who fought nonstop to help make this decision a reality. Continuing the fight to preserve our land today is a huge step towards making the world just a little bit better for our kids tomorrow.


Dear Executive Director Leonard,

It has come to the attention of activists that Shell Oil has finally ceased their drilling operations in the Arctic. We would like to thank you and the rest of Greenpeace for all of your efforts and hard work that sent a loud and clear message to Shell executives that activists were not just going to sit back and do nothing while they did whatever possible to destroy this fragile environmental region.

Although the company claims they were not able to find enough oil to warrant a lengthy search, there is a much higher likelihood that they ceased their operations because of the tremendous amount of public backlash they received.

The news could not have come at a better time for polar bears and other animals that are greatly struggling due to the planet already having become much warmer as a result of climate change. It is now more likely that the animals will be able to find the food they need in Arctic waters rather than being stuck on land for too long of a time period unable to hunt for vital food sources.

Thank you so much for taking a bold stance in your efforts to stop this detrimental project. The Arctic region and the many beautiful animals that call the area home will likely be much better off as a result.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Dennis Bratland

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