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One skyscraper. Six brave women. No permission.
On 11th July 2013 six women from Greenpeace scaled the Shard - Europe's tallest building - in protest over Shell and other companies drilling for oil in the Arctic. This act of bravery inspired a new poem from the pen of UK Eco-poet Helen Moore.....
You’ve been going 12 hours (starting 4.20am)
when I encounter you online,
grainy, flicking images like a silent movie, this livestream
from a Greenpeace camera
mounted on one of your helmets, & see flashes of the Shard’s
making multiple Suns, helicopters queasy in July’s heat, & your hands
in black, half-finger gloves
endlessly reaching, fixing the belay of ropes, inching past Shangri-La
50th floor – & o
my vertigo, pixel-sized police, ambulance crews, commuters gaping
pressmen with erect
telephoto-lenses encamped on the pavement, & the glinting tracks
of London Bridge station.
Palms sweating, my heart’s under sail toward my larynx as I watch
trending on Twitter
six women freely ascending Europe’s tallest building (hubristic
simulacrum of our remnant Arctic) –
Viola, Sabine, Victo, Liesbeth, Ali & Sandra calmly enduring
not for the drug-like rush
of extreme sport, but as a ‘direct communication’ with Royal
Dutch Shell (its mute executives
enshrined in nearby headquarters) where it’s still
business as usual
Helen Moore is an eco-poet and activist based in the UK
You can read more on this campaign here.
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