The event is co-hosted by the Great Australian Bight Alliance, Greenpeace Norway, the People's Action for Oil-Free Lofoten, Nordic Surfers Mag and Patagonia. With a delegation of Australians travelling to Norway to present at Equinor's Annual General Meeting, this is the perfect opportunity to discuss Equinors' role at home and abroad.
Food and drinks will be available for purchase at the SALT café and tickets will be available for the SALT sauna.
WHO IS COMING
Bunna Lawrie is a Mirning Aboriginal elder and musician from the Great Australian Bight. His people have cared for the Bight for thousands of years, so there is no one better at explaining the significance of the area.
Ingrid Skjoldvær from the People's Action for Oil-Free Lofoten, Vesterålen and Senja will share her experiences from working to save Norwegian waters from oil activities.
Peter Owen and Jess Lerch from the The Wilderness Society who is part of the Great Australian Bight Alliance will share their experiences from years of campaigning to keep oil companies out of the Bight. Peter was named ‘Environmentalist of the Year’ for his work in Australia.
Heath Joske is a Patagonia Ambassador and former professional surfer who lives, surfs and works as a fisherman in the Bight. He has a deep understanding of Australia’s Southern Ocean and, after meetings with Equinor, is concerned about its future.
12:00 - Welcome with introductory speeches from The Great Australian Bight Alliance and local partners.
12:30 - Paddle out
13:30 - Film screening and panel discussion
EVENT PAGE HERE
What is a paddle out?
A ‘paddle out’ is a demonstration where a group of people gather together in the water on surfboards, kayaks or anything else that floats to show their support for a particular cause. Paddle outs are a common form of demonstration in Australia, as almost everyone has a surfboard or some kind of vessel in their garage and the water is warm. We won’t be deterred by the colder water in Oslo, but it will be a slightly faster affair when we paddle out between SALT and the Opera House.
Do I have to go out into the water?
No. The most important thing is that you go to SALT. We want as many people as possible to join the actual paddle out, but you can also participate from the shore. Most of the event will take place at SALT, including the panel discussion, speeches and the film screening.
Is it possible to join the paddle out if I don't have a board / canoe / kayak?
Yes. There will be some boards, kayaks and other equipment available on a first-come-first-served basis.
Is it safe?
You should only enter the water if you are a confident swimmer and feel comfortable doing so. Greenpeace will be on the water with a boat to ensure safety.
Is this an anti-Equinor event?
No. We believe that some of Equinor’s projects, including their planned activities in the Great Australian Bight, pose a significant risk to climate change, globally unique biodiversity and the reputation of both Equinor and Norway. This is what we will highlight and discuss during the event.
Can we use the Saunas at Salt?
Salt's saunas are open, and can booked here as long as they have capacity.