‘It’s going to be too late for all of us’: Protesters at Pembroke oil refinery speak out
Protests at the Voliaro-owned refinery in Pembroke Dock have disrupted not only the flow of oil, as this site handles 220,000 barrels of crude oil per day, but also approximately 500 people who work on the site.
But the protestors, who have tied themselves to 100 kilos blocks of concrete in the middle of the road, say their tactics are justified.
Sven, one of the protesters, said, “I can fully understand why some of the people who’ve tried to come or go from work are frustrated. It is, it’s a real pain not being able to go about your life as you are.
“Unfortunately, there’s going to be an even bigger pain when we’ve got no clean air to breathe, shortages of food, shortages of clean water.”
Sven wanted to make it clear that the protests are not meant to focus on causing issues for everyday people.
“Most of us, myself included, are struggling at the moment. It’s not about making life harder or inconvenient,” said Sven.
“This action is about targeting the source of the problem, which is industry, state-sponsored industry, and the people who have huge vested interests in maintaining this incredibly destructive and honestly suicidal status quo.”
What is apparent is a general frustration by the protesters that nothing is seemingly being done.
“The government declared a climate emergency some time ago and nothing happened,” said one of the protesters, Dan, referring to the declaration from the UK government made in May which was highly praised at the time but has resulted in an apparent lack of action since.
“We need to stop the flow of oil as well, because fossil fuels have to have to be a thing of the past,” said Dan, who is currently blocking one of the back roads.
These protests often called direct action by extinction rebellion are meant to act as a precursor to the World Climate Strike that is planned for tomorrow (Friday, 20 September).
Inspired by teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, who is currently speaking to the American congress demanding that they do more and “listen to scientists”.
Climate change protests have been planned across the world including Cardiff, Swansea and London.
The protesters at Valrio want to point out that the UK is privileged in an environmental context.
“We’ve got this great and very mild climate. but every year the summer it gets a little bit hotter and that’s just the beginning,” Sven said.
“It’s going to spiral, it’s going to happen quicker, the world’s top scientists have been saying for a while now and have been largely being ignored that, you know, we’ve got 11 years now so drastically reduce our carbon output.
“You know, it’s not just too late for a few poor people in developing countries, it is gonna be too late for all of us.”
While Sven does say that their protests today are mainly targeted against the government who they view to be corruptly subsidising the oil industry to maintain the status quo in regards to fossil fuels
“We all need to think about what we’re doing. We all need to drive less. We all need to stop flying. You know, there’s got to be realistic. But we all need to think about our life. We only think about our life. Catch the bus or double up on transport,” said Dan.
With the support from their welfare teams and lack of police presence, the protesters at the refinery don’t seem like they will be moving anywhere anytime soon.
A member of the Volirio press team was unable to be reached for comment at this time.
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“We’ve got this great and very mild climate. but every year the summer it gets a little bit hotter and that’s just the beginning,” Sven said. The fact is that over the past 5 years global temperatures have cooled slightly. Also the Arctic ice covering has been growing, not shrinking over that time period. The greatest threat to life on Earth is too little CO2, not too much. (There was way more in the past.) Credible fact-based science does not support man-made climate change.
“The last five years were the hottest ever recorded” : https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/02/2018-fourth-warmest-year-ever-noaa-nasa-reports/
I’m not even going to waste my time checking your other assertions.
“From February 2016 to February 2018, global average temperatures dropped by 0.56 degrees Celsius. That is the biggest two-year drop in the past century. – official NASA global temperature data. https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/climate-change-global-warming-earth-cooling-media-bias/
We can both play the link war pointing to competing narratives. But the evidence is overwhelming when viewed impartially. Man-mad climate change theories just don’t add up.
Firstly, that’s two years, not five (nice attempt at moving the goalposts, but I’m not falling for it), and secondly that appears to be climate analysis on cherry-picked data done by, not a climate scientist, not an Earth scientist, but a, erm, hedge fund manager.
Is that the best you can do?
Where do all these protestors live and did they all arrive on bicycles? Enquiring for a friend.
Amazing point, never heard anything so incisive before. Well done. (Being sarcastic for a friend.)
Dan unt Sven……………….
That lot bang on about climate change and tell us what we should be doing, but they are driving about in a 1.8 petrol Freelander and towing a boat and using it to block roads.
It’s a good thing that we should all try to reduce our pollution, Wales one of the first to ditch plastic bags.
The big one is of course, Population. Europe has sorted it’s level and should be ready for AI and robotics.