Beacons for an oil free Lofoten, Vesterålen and Senja
On the 9th of March we will light beacons across Norway to spread the message that we need to keep Lofoten, Vesterålen and Senja free from oil drilling. We invite the rest of the world to join us by lighting beacons or candels all over the planet to support an oil free future for our arctic coastline.
For over 20 years the oil industry has been trying to get access to the Lofoten, Vesterålen and Senja islands in Northern Norway, known as LoVeSe. They are the last remaining marine areas in Norway currently off limits to the oil industry, and home to unique ecosystems and wildlife. The islands are home to the world’s largest stock of cod spawn, known as skrei, Europe’s biggest nesting sites for seabirds and the world’s largest cold-water coral reef. For centuries the local cod fishing industry has been fundamental to local communities. Now local fishermen fear consequences if oil rigs are allowed into the areas.
In ancient times communities along the coast of Norway lit beacons to warn of imminent danger. This year the tradtition of lighting beacons for an oil free LoVeSe continues. On the 9th of March 2019, beacons will light up across Norway, warning of the dangers of opening Norway’s valuable Arctic coastlines to the oil industry, the threat of climate change and the need for a fossil free future.
The people's action for an oil free Lofoten, Vesterålen and Senja (Folkeaksjonen oljefritt Lofoten, Vesterålen og Senja) together with Young Friends of the Earth Norway (Natur og Ungdom) and Friends of the Earth Norway (Naturvernforbundet) invite people from all corners of the world to join us by lighting beacons or candels where you are and support an oil free LoVeSe!
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