On Saturday 14 April 2018 there was a demonstration in Lisbon against proposed oil exploration off the coast of Aljezur and south west Alentejo.
If Alzejur rings a bell, it was a favourite spot for Prime Minister David Cameron to spend his holidays. I have it on decent authority that it still is.
As you can see from the following map, Alzejur is situated beside a long natural park running from Burgau near Luz, then up this entire part of the west coast of the Algarve and the south-west Alentejo.
Although the people most enraged by the prospect of exploration are those in the western Algarve and south-west Alentejo, bear in mind that the protest was held in Lisbon. This is a photo taken in Lisbon.
Every year there is a survey of projects or activities contributing most to carbon emissions. The 2018 format was that 32 countries were listed, then 8 countries were shortlisted. The ‘winners’ were selected by on-line voting.
In 3rd place was Spain, chastised for slowing the development of solar energy in the Balearics, so leading to more fossil fuel consumption.
In 2nd place was Poland, on the basis it is allegedly still using too many coal-fired power stations.
In 1st place was Portugal, for this potential exploration for oil off the south-west coast of Portugal.
Oil consortium GALP/ENI has been given a licence for sound mapping of the sea to the west of Aljezur. This could lead to test drilling, and from there onto commercial exploitation.
If you look at the photo of the protest in Lisbon, Zero is one of the organisations involved in the reduction of carbon emissions.