This Saturday, July 20, we successfully completed a new civil disobedience action together with activists from different parts of Europe, who are deeply convinced of the need to face all those fossil energy projects, whatever the situation, and to move towards realization of a fast and just energy transition.
The framework, on this occasion, was the land that the company Australis Oil & Gas has in Bajouca (Portugal) to make a gas exploitation. The struggle has its origin in the 15 fossil fuel exploitation concessions in Portugal in 2015. Faced with this situation, various groups and movements were emerging quickly to address each of these cases and not let them go forward. Today 13 of those 15 contracts have already been laid down and there are only two gas contracts left: Aljubarrota and Bajouca.
To address the situation in Bajouca, various Portuguese movements and organizations promoted the Camp in Gás. A camp of climatic activism from which to build an action of civil disobedience to make visible the social opposition to the prospections in the gas search that the Australian capital company intends to carry out and thus cancel the contract definitively.
The camp remained standing from Wednesday 17 to Sunday 21 July. In addition to coordinating and providing training in non-violent direct action, there were several spaces in which we reflected on and discussed the next steps to be taken by civil society in order to face the enormous global challenge posed by the climate emergency situation during the next years.
Already on Saturday 20, more than 400 activists carried out an action that was divided into three fingers. The green finger, which developed a legal march, and the yellow and pink fingers, which intended to enter the land of the gas company. The yellow finger took the space from the beginning, while the pink finger began its march integrated into the green one that crossed the town. At one point of the journey we separated from the rest of the march and took a different path, crossed the mountain dressed in white overalls. Once in the field we displayed the signs and messages, and we started to plant native trees throughout the land on what they intend to carry out the prospections.
Once the action was over, we are headed towards the Week of Fight against the Climatic Crisis that will take place in countries all over the planet. That week will begin on September 20 with an International Student Strike and will end on September 27 with the first International General Strike for the Climate Crisis. We will take one more step. A forward and frontal step against an unjust system that we must tear up. A step that will take us in 2020 towards a Rebellion for the Climate !!