Parar o Furo – Stop the Oil Drilling
We’re part of a coalition of Portuguese environmental activist groups working to stop the planned Aljezur offshore drilling in September 2018 and cancel all remaining contracts for oil and gas exploration in Portugal.
Portugal has the best conditions for pioneering the transition away from fossil fuels to a regenerative society. Our aerial art action – Stop the Drilling – will gather dreamers and inventors who are working to manifest that society.
In August, eminent global activists will meet at the second “Defend the Sacred” gathering in Tamera, which will include an aerial art action, even larger than last year’s, on Saturday, August 4. Join us on Cova do Vapor beach, just south of Lisbon, where we’ll use our bodies to create an image that’s captured from the sky.
Here’s what we did at Odeceixe beach last summer:
Our message this year is “Parar o furo – Stop the oil drilling.” We also celebrate planetary stewardship and a future where we humans live in harmony with the Earth. Water protectors, movement leaders, scientists, artists and more will come together as an expression of a regenerative culture. We’ll showcase technologies from Tamera and make tea with our solar mirrors!
We invite all those who aren’t in Portugal but want to join in spirit to accompany August 4 in prayer (alone or in groups). You can read and meditate upon the following words by Sabine Lichtenfels, “Defend the Sacred: Global Meditation for the Protection of Life.”
“We currently possess all the necessary technological solutions and sources of renewable energy to power an ecologically and socially just society.”
In Tamera, we’ve been researching a comprehensive model for the foundations of a regenerative culture. We’ve developed and tested decentralized renewable energy technologies for many years, in our Solar Test Field. Because of our work with Water Retention Landscapes and ecosystem restoration, we’re able to show how to reverse desertification and be water autonomous, even when 80–90% of Portugal is in severe drought. We collaborate with the Rain for Climate movement on implementing a global action plan for restoring natural water cycles and the climate.
There are many other people and organizations researching similar issues, working on regenerative settlements and a society where everyone can become self-sufficient in water, energy and food and establish housing and sanitation independently from centralized systems.
We hope as many of them as possible will join this aerial art action to connect and cross-pollinate ideas.
Get the Facts
- Currently, there are still 5 active contracts for oil and gas drilling: 3 concessions for offshore deep-sea oil drilling and underwater fracking off the Alentejo and Algarve coast held by Eni and Galp, including one off the coast of Aljezur, and 2 for gas drilling on land in the Leiria district, held by Australis.
- Of the 15 initial concessions for oil and gas exploration in Portugal, 10 have already been canceled in the last 2–3 years due to widespread resistance of local populations, municipalities and activists.
- Portugal has never extracted oil or gas or built nuclear power plants and is known as a haven for green power.
- At COP Marrakesh 2016, Prime Minister António Costa promised to decarbonize Portugal by 2050.
- Portugal produced more renewable energy than it needed in March 2018: 104%
- As one of the sunniest countries in Europe, Portugal could rely exclusively on solar energy.
- Portugal is located on a fault line that is seismically active, especially in certain areas such as the Lower Tagus Valley (LTV), which passes through Lisbon. Oil and gas drilling can trigger earthquakes.
- The Portuguese Environmental Agency authorized oil drilling off the coast of Aljezur to begin between September 2018 and January 2019, without an Environmental Impact Assessment.
- Gas exploration is scheduled in Alcobaça, near the sacred site of Fátima and one of Europe’s biggest natural water reservoirs in 2019. Experts confirm the only way to extract the gas is by fracking.
- 67 Portuguese scientists published an open letter to the government in April 2018 calling for a halt to “prevent irreparable damage to the economy, environment and communities.”
- The planned oil and gas drilling benefits a handful of oil companies, while local people, the ocean, fishing industries and tourism are most at risk. Almost 2 in every 10 jobs are supported by tourists, with revenue from tourists totaling €13.2 billion in 2017.
Portugal: Isabel Rosa – isabel.rosa (at) tamera.org – +351-967322184
US: Emily Coralyne – cnyagainstfracking (at) gmail.com – +1-3154164128
Germany: Lee von dem Bussche – lee.vdbussche (at) tamera.org – +351-938235444
UK and rest of the world: Gail Davidson – gail (at) bigseeds.co.uk – +44-7887542113
About the Coalition
A strong campaign in 2017 led by a coalition of environmental activists saw the Portuguese government cancel 10 of 15 oil and gas drilling contracts. People power! We believe that, united and connected to a powerful vision of a just and regenerative society, we can cancel the remaining contracts and ban fossil fuel exploration!
Those are some of the co-organizers and supporters of our campaign: