Greta Thunberg joins protest in south-France against oil drilling

Feb 12, 2024

Bordeaux: Greta ThunbergFamous ecological activist participated Oppose Against proposed oil wells in the south-west of France. The demonstration was organized by the group “Stop Patrolling Bassin d'Arcachon”, which protests oil drilling Popular seaside resort, around Arcachon. While the group claimed that 3,000 people attended the protest, police estimated the number to be around 1,200.
The group's spokeswoman Natalie Hervey stressed the urgency of moving away from fossil fuels and urged rejection of the oil drilling project. Thunberg, who had previously joined a protest against a local highway, attended protests in the area.
Wearing a pink raincoat and Palestinian keffiyeh, she did not address the crowd directly, but expressed her protest through dancing and slogans in both French and English.
Proposed oil wells are planned by Canadian company Vermilion Energy, which holds a concession near Arcachon until 2035. Currently, about 50 wells in the field produce a total of 1,500 barrels of oil per day. The project is still awaiting approval, and opponents are actively working to block its authorization.
France had previously committed to end domestic oil production by 2040, as voted on by the government in 2017. However, Christophe Bechu, the Minister of Ecological Transition, recently said that as long as France remains dependent on oil, it is better to obtain it locally rather than in remote areas.
The protests, led by Greta Thunberg and the “Stop Petrol Basin d'Arcachon” group, highlight growing concern and opposition to oil drilling in the region. As activists and environmentalists advocate for a greener future, the pace of transition to sustainable energy sources is accelerating.
(with agency input)

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