An open letter from the surfers of Australia
When PM Morisson recently wore a hat sent to him by Mick Fanning's Mum it showed how deeply woven surfing is in the Australian psyche. Unlike other counrtries, surfing isn't a fringe activity, it's a sport that cuts across all age and demographic lines, and our stars are recognised as genuine celebrities.
Trading on this cachet, the architects of the battle to save the Bight have rallied our best known surfers - including Mick Fanning - to draft an open letter against the project.
To date, the campaign has been waged by those who'd be affected, but the letter reaches out to a wider audience. Please share it wherever you can.
"Formal plans have been lodged to turn the Great Australian Bight into a deep water oil field. The drilling, planned by Norwegian oil giant Equinor for later this year, would be deep, remote and risky. If it failed, Equinor’s own spill modelling shows the potential for oil on beaches across thousands of kilometres. An oil spill in the Bight would be catastrophic, and the southern coastline of Australia would never be the same."
"The Bight is wild and pristine and should remain that way. The surfers below stand with the coastal communities of the Bight and beyond and call for the Great Australian Bight to be kept free from all deep water oil drilling."