When we think of an island, we imagine that this can be a haven away from any problem. Unfortunately the world is populated by men and interests are always the same.
During our trip to Fuerteventura, we were struck by a small non-profit organization called Clean Ocean Project, which is responsible for defending and protecting the interests of the Island landscape. They are based in this Island and their Goal is to protect the oceans, waves and beaches. Their Philosophy Is that everybody is part of the solution.
Do your bit. Be part of it!
After many years of activism, the people of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, has had to struggle with a huge new problem: the intention from the part of big oil companies, to build several oil rigs off the coasts of these islands.
Clean Ocean Project is responding with a series of peaceful and legal activities of interest to this absurd proposal.
Oil rigs in Canary Islands: not only a rumor
While politicians and people from the ministry debate to decide who is the one in charge of making the decision of whether or not to allow oil prospecting in the nearby of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, CleanOceanProject would like to inform about the seriousness of the case. As NGO CleanOceanProject has been for 10 years cleaning the beaches of Fuerteventura, island where it’s located. During these years it has already been found great amounts of oil from dumps into the ocean, therefore it would be unthinkable the amount of waste poured into the ocean if the oil prospection is allowed in the Central Atlantic.
The enterprise of Repsol plans to use for the drilling 616.060 hectare of the east coast of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, amount of nearly 2.5 times the size of these two islands. The company seems to ignore the fact that some of that area belongs to the Natural Reserve of Biosphere and that in 2004 the Maritime International Organization declared this part of the ocean as especially sensitive.
From the point of view of the environment it would be a disaster. Due to the land, ocean and climate features of the Canary Islands tones of different sea creatures live there and nearly one third of them are endemic. Different species of cetacean, turtles, fish and thousands of invertebrates live and eat from the ground coral that will be destroyed if the drilling is allowed. Never mind the polluting gases caused by the evaporation of the hydrocarbon.
From the point of view of development it would mean a step backwards. With time man has discovered how to substitute finite and dangerous forms of energy with alternative energies which are cleaner and endless. In fact in these two islands there’s plenty of wind and sun and they are a good source of tidal power. A lot of windmills are constructed in different areas of the islands and big part of the population uses solar panels to generate electricity and warm up water. Plus another thing to keep in mind is that the constant burning of toxic gases will increase global warming.
From the economic point of view it would be insane. The main benefit from the islands is tourism. It’s because of the warm climate, the crystal clear beaches, the water sports and the beautiful horizon that thousands of people come to Fuerteventura and Lanzarote each year. Nobody will want to take a swim in black waters or make out an oil rig in the distance.
No matter from which point of view to look at it the project of prospecting oil in the Central Atlantic makes no sense. Some people think that if it’s not Spain who does it will be Morocco, but the issue is not who does it but the magnitude of the disaster if oil rigs are installed in this part of the ocean.
The habitants of these two islands are totally opposed to this outrageous project but the entities responsible for it don’t listen.
Read this article to: Clean Ocean Project Blog
Beach clean up with Fuerte wave classic. And lots of oil!
As every year we did a beach cleaning in the course of the FUERTE WAVE CLASSIC 2012. Due to the latest alarming developments concerning the planning oil rigs in front of the coast of Fuerteventura und Lanzarote, we focused this time on alluvial oil. We went to Majanicho on Fuerteventura and collected 20 buckets of dry and fresh oil.
As you can imagine we are actually pretty much focused on the latest development, so we are very happy that the President of Fuerteventura Mario Cabrera was present on the beach cleaning. He explained to us which next steps has to be taken to stop the oil drilling in front of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote. We will keep you informed. And to all of you who did not sign yet, do it now! Sign here ! Our petition has reached 11.000 signs, so there is still a way to go.
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Clean Ocean Project information points
Wandering the island of Fuerteventura, we could visit the various information points of the ONG Clean Ocean Project. In these spots you can get detailed information about projects and buy some gadgets that help the association to pay the cost.
One of these spots, located in the area of Lajares, offers their merchandise within a truly environmentally sustainable. The whole point of interest is built with recycled materials and the atmosphere we breathe is a place without profit.
Sailing across the Atlantic against oil drilling