Thursday, 11 July 2013
SIX Greenpeace activists attempt to climb London's Shard
A group of activists from Greenpeace was on Thursday attempting to climb the Shard, the tapered 310m glass tower next to London Bridge station, as a protest against oil and gas drilling in the Arctic.
In an action that was perhaps inevitable at some point following the completion last year of western Europe's tallest building, visible across much of central London, the six climbers began their ascent in the early hours of the morning.
In a later statement, Greenpeace said the Shard was chosen because it was in sight of the three London bases of the energy giant Shell, which is involved in offshore drilling in the Arctic. When the climbers reached the top of the building they aimed to "hang a huge work of art that captures the beauty of the Arctic", it added.
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