In response to the Maritimes Energy Association’s conference on October 2-3, where BP and a number of other fossil fuel companies funded conversations about ‘setting the stage’ for our energy future, we hosted a number of events to show that offshore drilling should be part of our past, not our future.
This included a rally outside the conference, two public forums in Mahone Bay and Halifax, and a kayak flotilla. I think this series marked a moment of growth in the movement to protect offshore Nova Scotia for a few reasons. First, the tourism industry showed up like never before. Companies are speaking out, and Mayor of Mahone Bay David DeVenne spoke in defense of the industry. Second, we learned a lot about the links between the need to stop offshore drilling and Indigenous struggles for sovereignty and the ability to exercise inherent rights. Last, we remembered that creativity is a critical part of every successful movement.