WE ARE TAKING THE NORWEGIAN GOVERNMENT BACK TO COURT!
The state shall protect the rights of future generations to a safe and healthy environment.
– § 112, Constitution of Norway -
In 2017 Norwegian court ruled that the Norwegian government is not responsible for the emissions from the oil they drill because the oil is not burned in Norway. But oil is oil, no matter where it is burned, it fuels climate change. And climate change knows no borders. We are taking them back to court to appeal this decision.
2009: 5.12 Mil km²
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Sea Ice Minimum
Equinor, Norway’s reckless state owned oil company, has our Great Australian Bight in its sights. It's looking to dangerously drill for oil in the same location that whales come home to breed and raise their calves.Sign now to tell Norway that we will not stand for their attacks against our climate and our Great Australian Bight!
Read more about our last court case with Norway below.
Norway has a moral and legal obligation to act
Norway, no more excuses.
For the first time in 20 years the Norwegian government is opening up a new oil frontier in the Arctic, putting our homes and families in danger. They know that burning oil causes climate change.
They know there’s already more oil in the existing fields than we can afford to burn.
They know burning oil melts the ice and fuels extreme weather events like typhoons and droughts causing immense suffering around the world.
Knowing all this, how can opening up new oil fields in extreme places like the Arctic be legal?
Norway is the 7th biggest exporter of climate-wrecking emissions on the planet, and the total exported greenhouse gas emissions are ten times larger than the country's domestic emissions.
The Norwegian government is turning its back on its global commitments in the Paris Agreement, its own constitution and all the people around the world caring and fighting for a safe and healthy planet.
Two years ago we took the Norwegian government to court to hold them accountable to the Constitution of Norway. We explained that recklessly drilling for more oil that we can't afford to burn will violate their constitution and moral obligation to care for our environment.
Unfortunately, the The Norwegian court ruled that as the oil isn't being burned in Norway, it's not their problem. This year we are going back to court to appeal this decision. You can help us take this fight to Norway and help create an international precedent against the expansion of oil drilling.
When politicians put oil before people, they need to be held accountable. Our home is on fire and every single barrel of new oil will fuel it.
Together we can protect the Arctic
From melting Arctic ice, to out of control bushfires and habitat loss, the survival of the world's magnificent diversity of life has never been more threatened.
Donate today and help fund the fight for the protection of their precious habitats so that vulnerable animals have a fighting chance.
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Sea Ice Minimum
Unlike the Antarctic, the Arctic does not have landmass below its floating sea ice. With the Earth’s changing seasons from summer to winter, the Arctic ice naturally shrinks and expands. The Arctic sea ice minimum and maximum are recorded using satellite technology and have been found to have been decreasing in recent years, repeatedly breaking records for both the smallest minimum as well as the smallest maximum.
This is an emergency. The Arctic lost 30% of its ice past 40 years. The 13 record lowest minimums were all in the past 13 years.
How sea ice melting impacts us
Due to global warming, the Arctic sea ice melting is creating a disastrous ripple effects. Here are some of the main consequences:
It speeds up global warming:
Arctic sea reflects sunlight, preventing some of the warming through the sun. As the ice melts, darker oceans replace the white ice and absorb more heat from the sun, creating a vicious warming cycle.
It creates severe weather:
The sea ice also limits the amount of moisture entering our atmosphere. As the ice melts, the air becomes more humid making extreme weather events more common.
It raises sea levels:
Melting Arctic ice from Greenland contributes to sea level rise, threatening to completely submerge small island nations as well as flood large costal cities.
Oil companies are racing to exploit Arctic oil
Oil companies are ready to exploit the newly uncovered oil deposits below the newly melted Arctic ice. Big companies like Exxon Mobil and Equinor are racing to exploit Arctic oil resources, putting the global climate at greater risk as well as local ecosystems.
Drilling means spilling
The only way to guarantee no that no oil spills in the Arctic is to keep oil in the ground. The Arctic has a greater risk of oil spills than other areas, mainly due to its topography and tricky weather conditions. On top of this, any response to an inevitable oil spill would be difficult due to the remote and rugged nature of the region.
What if they do drill?
Aside from the devastating effect an oil spill in the arctic would have on the region, the oil that is burned would contribute towards climate change at a time where we need to be doing everything we can to decrease our emissions.
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