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Shell off our Sacred Sea

Oceans Not Oil Coalition
South African coastline, South Africa

Nov 16, 2021 — 

Today over 89000 people have objected to oil giant Shell blasting a 5 month seismic survey off the Wild Coast in search of gas. We have had protests from the Small Scale chokka fisherfolk who could be severely impacted by these surveys (Shell and esp. the CGG one), because if a generation of squid are wiped out, the entire fishery collapses. We have seen protests in Port St John’s where subsistence fisherfolk are concerned for their livelihoods. Hoteliers and adventure guide groups along the coast are deeply concerned about the effects to marine life and noise in the ocean, because it’s bad for business. Surfers and swimmers are waving placards from Richards Bay to Nahoon Beach. Durban’s SDCEA have reminded us to use ‘Shell’, ‘murder’ and ‘complicity’ as key words for searching about whom we’re dealing with in this operation. 

Why now, when we know that how we’ve been deriving our energy has been making our seas acidic and warmer, and that our oceans cannot keep absorbing carbon dioxide without very, very serious consequences to our weather systems, is government driving so hard to drill offshore for oil and gas? By the time that gas is produced and processed the world will be significantly warmer and our weather more extreme. 

We all seek out the sea when we’re in trouble. It is at the shoreline and the waters edge that we find peace. We’ve been doing this for tens of thousands of years . The oldest hominid footprints found to date were found at Nahoon Beach near East London/ eMonti/KuGompo. For many of us this sea is sacred. It connects us to who we are. Many hands have been raised by sailors and paddlers who would like to engage the Amazon Warrior when it arrives. The Wild Coast is the sacred heart of our coastline and South Africans want to keep it that way. Government must take note - this is what a public participation process should look like. We are telling our ministers to leave our precious oceans alone - use alternative energy and employ more South Africans doing so. 

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