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        Environmental Activism: Aboard the Arctic Sunrise | Extreme Realities

        In this video segment from Journey to Planet Earth: Extreme Realities, consider how environmental activism is connected to national security. In 2007, Russia planted a flag on the North Pole’s floor staking their claim to 13% of the world’s untapped oil in the Arctic. The first drilling rig located above the Arctic Circle was then constructed by Russia bringing along troops to protect their treasured commodity. Calling attention to the vulnerable state of the Arctic - warming temperatures, melting glaciers, and rising sea-levels, Greenpeace activists stage an act of civil disobedience met by Russian military attack highlighting the world’s heavy reliance on fossil fuels.


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