From Crude Awakening to Climate Camp, Direct Action Needs a New Story
The climate protest movement can regain momentum by showing it’s worth getting out on the streets for the environment
by Paul Morozzo
One of the strange and worrying things about the past year is that even as evidence of the impact of climate change mounted, the direct action movement seemed at times to have subsided. Does Saturday’s “Crude Awakening” blockade of Coryton oil refinery (watch the video below) mark a return to form and potentially a new direction?
“The Crude Awakening marked a departure for mass direct action. Activists were determined to use tactics that would enable them to actually shut infrastructure down. In the course of a normal day at Coryton oil refinery, which is responsible for 22% of the UK’s forecourt demand, 700 full oil tankers normally leave the site. The long queue of tankers that was blocked for seven hours on Saturday is no small achievement. This was more than symbolic protest as the Crude Awakening protest directly impacted on the oil system.”