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High ideals: 6Greenpeace women activists climb The Shard in central London to protest Arctic drilling (VIDEO)

High ideals:  6Greenpeace  women activists climb The Shard in central London to protest Arctic drilling (VIDEO) | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) |


 Whoever says that no one cares enough to protest anymore? Even as we type, six Greenpeace activists are scaling the tallest building in Western Europe, London's 1,016-foot Shard tower.


Sabine Huyghe from Belgium, Sandra Lamborn from Sweden, Canadian Victoria Henry, Ali Garrigan from the UK, Wiola Smul from Poland and Liesbeth Debbens from the Netherlands.

Codenamed operation "Iceclimb," the stunt is intended to raise the alarm about Shell's activities in the Artic, where the oil company has expensive plans to drill. Will the protesters make it up — and down again? Will police arrest them if they do? Follow their progress live, here."


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Impressive photos here


"Ali Garrigan even found time, and a free hand, to tweet updates during her ascent."

"The demonstrators are live-streaming the climb from helmet cameras, with birds-eye views of their ascent being broadcast live at


They said if they do hang the Arctic artwork it will be the highest successful installation an art project since Philippe Petit tightrope-walked between the twin towers of the World Trade Center in 1974."


"One climber, Victoria Henry, 32, a Canadian living in Hackney, London, said this morning: 'We'll try to hang a huge art installation 310m up that will make Shell think twice before sending their rigs into the Arctic."


"Billed as the #Iceclimb, Facebook users and followers of other social media were invited to follow their progress live here."


Rock stars, celebrities and even the police tweet about #iceclimb


"Annie Lennox@AnnieLennoxHere's an example of risking life and limb for a cause you believe in…Show your support by sharing #iceclimb BREAKING: Look up London. We’re attempting to scale the Shard, Europe's tallest skyscraper. More soon on #iceclimb 


Metropolitan Police*@MetPoliceEventDon't worry London, they don't know it yet but we're preparing a kettle for @GreenpeaceUK when they reach the top of the Shard. #iceclimb"





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Brazil: Protests & Demonstrations: impressive commented photographs

Brazil: Protests & Demonstrations: impressive commented photographs | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) |

"Protests are ongoing in Brazil as people took to demonstrating against high World Cup spending....the unrest is the worst the nation has seen in two decades."

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Hector Alonzo's curator insight, October 30, 2014 8:07 PM

With all eyes on Brazil, the country is showing the world that it is more than just the world cup. Having protests in the media, Brazil is seen as a more than just a country with beautiful scenery and one with unrest due to political corruption and tax increases that effect the entire country.

Kevin Cournoyer's curator insight, May 6, 2015 8:49 AM

These pictures show the other side of something that most of the world was looking forward to and enjoys. Just as with the Sochi Olympics, the World Cup in Brazil was not only an international event that was internationally important, but it was a local event for Brazilians as well, that had real impacts on their lives. Unfortunately, governments and corporations often fail to recognize or choose to ignore the ramifications of their enterprises on the everyday citizen. On the flip side of increased revenue in the form of tourism and foreign investment is increased government spending and likely higher taxes to fund an event that many Brazilians may not have even been able to attend. 


So while Brazil was the center of international attention, at least for a short time, the media did not show the rest of the world the unrest and unhappiness in the country. Instead, they focused on what teams might be playing in the World Cup and which team would likely win. They did not discuss or mention the protests that occurred because it would not bring in the desired ratings or money. The media, therefore, helped to facilitate a disconnect between global and local. In a global context, Brazil was the host of the World Cup and was preparing for one of the most important events in the most popular sport in the world. In a local context, however, Brazil was a nation rife with unrest regarding high government spending on an a sports tournament. That money could likely have been better spent somewhere else, but since that would not have fulfilled the immediate desires and goals of the Brazilian government, ordinary Brazilians were forced to suffer the consequences. 

Benjamin Jackson's curator insight, December 13, 2015 1:15 PM

this is insane. the government is spending money they don't really have on events which should be considered something which comes after insuring your people are taken care of. this riot is totally understandable as the government is failing to use money from these peoples taxes to insure that they have basic amenities. this is growing more sickening as time goes on.