The Northwest Caper Begins!

Plotchment in 'Great Australian Bight Alliance' hoodie, standing in a X formation, with the bight in the background. Nei takk, Equinor.

I’ve set off on a big trip with my hubby to the northwest of Western Australia and over to the Northern Territory!  We’ve been planning it for about two years so it’s very exciting to finally be away! We’ve got the camper trailer hitched and are having a ball!

The plan is to reach the coast around Ningaloo Reef and explore as much as we have time for north of there and across to the Pilbara, the Kimberley, and on to Darwin and surrounds.

We’re in Perth now and are catching up with family and friends for a few days. We’ve been to Perth before so really the highlight so far has been the Great Australian Bight. What an awesome sight! And such a critical environment for seal lions, dolphins, and whales. It’s also the basis of high-end fisheries like oysters, prawns, lobsters, tuna, and more, as well as the southern coast being the playground of millions of Australians.  

With that in mind, we took a photo of me at the Head of the Great Australian Bight standing in an X formation with my Great Australian Bight Alliance hoodie to protest to Norwegian company Equinor, who plan to drill for oil in the bight: Nei takk, Equinor. (No thanks, Equinor.)

In the Gulf of Mexico some years ago, a relatively calm body of water with lots of infrastructure nearby, it took 89 days to stop the spill and two or three years to clean it up and it is still a dead zone now.

There’s no such thing as a spill-less oil rig. The Great Australian Bight is one of the most remote in the world with very deep waters, so if there was a spill out there it would take a really long time to stop it and it would be practically impossible to prevent its spread.

Depending on the time of year, Equinor’s own modelling shows that an oil spill would not only pollute all of South Australia’s coastline, it would reach from Margaret River in Western Australian to Bondi in New South Wales and right around Tasmania. The economic effects of such environmental devastation would be socio-economic annihilation on a scale Australia has never seen before.

As we enjoy our Northwest Caper – a journey of Australia’s natural wonders – we will record and stand up for all the flora, fauna, and ecosystems that cannot speak for themselves. Without a flourishing environment, we will not have a flourishing economy or flourishing people. It’s really that simple.

To keep following our Northwest Caper, please go to my Plotchment Facebook page.

© Palitja Moore, text, 2019

© Nathan Moore, image, 2019

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