sHellNo! Flotilla Departure Blockade.
photos by Jeff Dunnicliff
These photos are from the front line of our June 5th flotilla. Backbone's lead support boat, checking in with frontline paddlers, coordinating deployment and supporting the brave kayaktivists as they faced off with a monstrous oil rig in Seattle's Elliott Bay.
When we learned of the 5am departure, we rallied as many as we could to come to the faceoff.
Greenpeace attempted to establish a hard blockade that would have provided much more time to get people on the water, but it collapsed within a few minutes. Backbone Campaign's Flotilla launched and Greenpeace's collection of fierce paddlers joined us in attempting to slow the departure of Shell's arctic destroying, climate cooking plans.
Though we would have loved to have stopped it, we hope that the courage of these few will inspire others in the future and inform future actions. Immediately after it left the waters of Seattle, it was intercepted by additional kayaktivists off the shore of Bainbridge Island, and then again in the more treacherous waters offshore of Port Townsend.
Our power and potential for on water resistance is growing.