As a young man Paul Ruzycki dreamed of being a sailor and was ecstatic when he finally landed a job on one of the big ships on the Great Lakes. But he was horrified when his captain ordered him to dump garbage and toxins overboard. Paul refused and was fired. He later joined a GreenPeace ship and for the past couple of decades has fought courageously against those who unconscionably exploit and destroy our earth and waterways.
This year Paul Ruzycki, Alexandre Paul of Montreal and 28 other crew members were arrested following a peaceful protest near a Russian oil rig in the North Sea. They were jailed for months and later confined to St. Petersberg facing a ‘Hooliganism’charge, that could have seen them sentenced to 7 years in prison. (Two members of an all-girl pop band are now doing 2 years under the same law for making fun of Putin and the church).
Thanks to Audrey Depault with Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project, and also to Mike Schreiner of the Green Party of Ontario for helping GreenPeace to mobilize public support to try to get them both (and 28 others) home to their families for Christmas. Reports say charges have now been dropped and Alex will be home tomorrow and Paul a couple of days later.