Six protesters from Greenpeace have climbed the tallest building in Europe – The Shard in London – as part of a campaign to highlight the dangers of drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic. The six female climbers starting climbing Renzo Piano’s, 72-story, 1012-foot-tall building at 4.20am – and they reached the top some 15 grueling hours later.

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According to Greenpeace, the stunt was the result of months of planning. The Shard, they said, was chosen due to its proximity to oil company Shell‘s three London offices.

“Shell is leading oil companies’ drive into the Arctic, investing billions in its Alaskan and Russian drilling programmes,” Greenpeace said. The environmental group even streamed live video of the climb from a camera worn by one of the climbers.

In a statement that was released by Greenpeace, one of the climbers, named Victoria, said: “The thought of an oil spill in the Arctic makes me feel sick. In the past 30 years, so much summer Arctic sea ice has melted that Shell, Gazprom and others can now move in to drill for even more climate-wrecking oil. It’s vicious cycle of destruction. I hope that you can relate to this outrage, this sense of urgency that I feel – and turn it into action.”

Greenpeace said the climbers used a combination of traditional mountain climbing techniques, rope access techniques used by commercial building climbers and some free climbing. The building has an external metal frame providing handholds and crossbeams all the way to the top.

The Metropolitan Police monitored the situation throughout, and arrested the six climbers after they completed their ascent.

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via Sky News

Image: Greenpeace/ Dave Catchpole