The day before 3,000 surfers paddled out at Burleigh Heads to protest what was happening in the Bight, millions of kids all around the world skipped school and took to the streets to protest their future being sold out. There’s a change coming.
The unique aspect of this situation is that Equinor is two-thirds owned by the Norwegian people, and the Norwegian people have a powerful voice in this–after all, the plan to drill in the Bight is happening in their name.
At that point I remembered I’d tagged Equinor’s Instagram account in the post and told everyone to get over there and let them know what they thought of their plans to drill in the Bight.
Two days earlier, Equinor, a Norwegian oil company, had formally lodged an application to drill the deepest oil well in Australia, almost 400km out to sea in the Bight.
Until that point the grassroots movement around the Bight had just happened, but as soon as Damien Cole got out there at Cosy Corner on a homemade oil rig–some two-by-two timber sprayed black and perched on a Supsquatch–and whipped the crowd into a frenzy, yelling, “No way, Equinor!
Equinor was just the latest company lined up to frontier drill in the Bight, and every spill model that preceded their’s told pretty much the same story.
The son the legendary Maurice Cole and genetically predisposed to sticking it to the man, Damien had already saved the farmland behind Bells from a housing development, but when he climbed up on the rig and flipped double birds at the Equinor sign, he became a cult hero who’d soon be paddling out and flipping twin birds around the country at Burleigh, Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Cottesloe and Hobart.
For the surfers of Australia, the Bight is a line in the sand, and if we really do consider ourselves as throw-aheads, this is the time to prove it.
When I checked the Equinor post after my surf an hour later, it had 6000 comments, all of them from Australia, and all of them conveying a general sense of red hot Antipodean outrage. They were brutal.
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