Extracts from an email circulated today by the Rossport Solidarity Camp in Ireland.
We invite you to a direct action training weekend on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th June.
This training weekend is a great opportunity to get more involved with the campaign. It’s open to complete beginners to try out different ways of protesting, learning your legal rights and planning a safe and effective campaign against Shell. Please try and arrive by Friday 24th June evening if possible. Accommodation and food provided, donations welcome.
Since March we have been taking continuous action against Shell’s survey work and drilling more bore holes. We have reason to believe that Shell are due to begin construction work on the pipeline as they are due to submit their Environment Management Plan late this week. If you have ever wanted to take part in the campaign then now is the time!
The Shell to Sea campaign has successfully used direct action for the last 11 years to frustrate, delay and try to stop Shell’s destructive project.
We take direct action because the Government has failed us and the authorities that are supposed to protect communities and the environment have refused to act. So we have no choice but to protect it ourselves. We also take action to inspire other communities to do the same.
Shell’s Corrib Gas Project is already a decade late and 3 times over budget – impressive for a rural community fighting one of the biggest multinationals in the world!
Direct action is used in parallel with other campaigning tools such as engaging in the planning process, lobbying, public meetings and taking legal challenges against Shell.
To find out more about the training weekend and the ongoing campaign, check out www.rossportsolidaritycamp.org