Solstice. Our hearts are the place where the turnaround starts.

By Jennifer Griffiths | December 21, 2021

Today is Solstice. Birth place of 2022. The turnaround point for a new direction, for the planet and all of us on it.
What to turn around?
Perhaps our own apathy?

Solstice of heart for Royal Dutch ShellMoving from apathy to courage. Toward action, safeguarding the wellbeing of other species.
Let’s insist on a turnaround by companies who threaten breeding whales and fragile marine life.
Not with anger but with a gentle firmness. An insistance and a persistance, while staying in gratitude to these amazing creatures and the beautiful blue sphere we share, that supports us all as it turns and turns through space, towards a sun that is always shining, always gifting us its limitless energy, that these companies can and must learn to harvest.
Shell is about to blast extremely loud shockwaves into the Wild Coast of South Africa, a fragile and beautiful ecosystem that is a vital whale breeding ground.
Each shockwave is louder than a space shuttle launch, and local whales, dolphins, sharks and turtles will be subjected to them every 10 seconds, for five months, in whale mating season.

More about this by the Guardian newspaper 3 Dec and pm 1 Dec: last minute bid to stop Shell’s oil exploration in whale-breeding grounds

South Africa is rich in sunlight yet it was one of the few countries that did not support the global initiative towards a clean energy grid at COP26 last month. Why not?

What can we do to support marine life from backward thinking corporations?

What can we do to support the biodiversity of our beautiful planet? Think clean energy.

1. Sign these petitions and any others you can find.
https://action.greenpeace.org.uk/leave-whales-alone
and
https://www.change.org/p/shearwater-geoservices-shearwatergeo-and-shell-stop-blasting-the-wild-coast-our-voices-can-make-a-difference-and-put-an-end-to-shell-blasting-in-the-wild-coast
2. Ask everyone you know to participate too.
3. Stop buying fuel from Shell or any product or service bearing their logo until there’s a change of heart among the leaders steering their enterprise.
4. Write a letter to Royal Dutch Shell asking them to turnaround completely and invest in clean energy such as solar or wind instead of opening new oil fields particularly in such a sensitive ecosystem. Address your letter to the head of this enterprise asking for change: Andrew Stewart Mackenzie, Shell Centre LONDON, SE1 7NA United Kingdom tel +44-2079341234
5. Support Oceans not oil
6. Donate towards litigation though thegreenconnection.org.za: see more in comments below.
7. See also the concept of radical inclusion, mentioned by William Ury in his explanation of the Green Grid. Perhaps by holding a higher vision for Shell, that they respond to this crisis by becoming a leading innovator and supplier of the solar powered green grid?

Other suggestions? Please add them below so we can all take action to support a global change of heart.

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Topics: climate change, ecology and nature, Environment | 6 Comments »

6 Responses to “Solstice. Our hearts are the place where the turnaround starts.”

  1. Vicky Edwards Says:
    December 22nd, 2021 at 8:57 am

    If anyone imagines themselves in place of a sea creature, how could they do it? :

    “Each shockwave is louder than a space shuttle launch, and local whales, dolphins, sharks and turtles will be subjected to them every 10 seconds, for five months, in whale mating season.”

  2. Jena Griffiths Says:
    December 23rd, 2021 at 2:33 pm

    Yes Vicky, none of us could survive that. The people intending that for other creatures should first try and survive in those conditions themselves.

  3. Jena Griffiths Says:
    December 28th, 2021 at 5:22 pm

    Why this is important? “Sound travels five times faster in the water. The ocean is a giant conductor of sound, an aquatic internet for every organism in it. They feel it in their bodies, and as they create sound, they are physically reaching out..”
    excerpt from article by Philip Hoare. See https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/dec/09/ocean-loud-fish-indonesian-reef-sound

  4. Jena Griffiths Says:
    December 31st, 2021 at 1:46 pm

    image contribution from Swiss hand analyst Catherine Klink:

  5. Jena Griffiths Says:
    December 28th, 2021 at 4:23 pm

    Great news!
    28 December 2021: Today the Grahamstown High Court in Makhanda ordered Shell to immediately cease its seismic blasting along South Africa’s Wild Coast, while ordering Shell and the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy to pay the costs of the application for the interim interdict. https://swc.org.za/news/ Donate to continuation of this legal battle supporting indigenous coastal communities and marine life.
    https://thegreenconnection.org.za/donate/

    More about the fight to protect local communities and their environment here

  6. Jena Griffiths Says:
    December 28th, 2021 at 4:28 pm

    donate towards fighting this legal battle against Royal Dutch Shell

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