Linha Vermelha is mobilizing people to knit 52 Km, the longest red line in the world, empowering them to say NO! to fossil fuels, putting pressure on local and national authorities and corporates to cancel the licenses.

Linha Vermelha

Linha Vermelha is a national awareness campaign with the final aim of stopping oil drilling and fracking in Portugal. Linha Vermelha is mobilizing people to knit 52 Km, the longest red line in the world, empowering them to say NO! to fossil fuels, putting pressure on local and national authorities and corporates to cancel the licenses.

“Academia Cidadã” is a Portuguese registered non-profit, a grassroots, horizontal Portuguese civic organization that serves as an umbrella organization for several and different civic projects. “Linha Vermelha” is an independent campaign operating under Academia Cidadã, therefore having no independent legal status. “Linha Vermelha” functions as a project / organization, with its own mission, vision, goals and impact.

The strong visual component of the red line also attracts and generates press coverage. So far, volunteer base, Linha Vermelha has 10 regional groups, knitted about 3Km, organized 3 events and been on national press about 15 times. Linha Vermelha is also building the foundations for the first national climate justice movement in Portugal, bringing together regional campaigns and bridge them with non-activists. Linha Vermelha create knitting groups and teach people how to knit, and make it fun to discuss serious issues. It’s a cross-culture / age / gender action, and Linha Vermelha especially reaffirm and empower neglected communities, like the elderly. Linha Vermelha take the campaign to elderly centres, schools, and educational centres in marginalized areas.

Linha Vermelha then uses the red line in activism actions. Massive popular opposition against oil drilling and fracking is key for prevention, it’s not enough to be a fringe issue of environmentalists alone. Linha Vermelha invest in a prevention methodology.  The vision is a country (Portugal) without any drilling or fracking, keeping its fossil fuels in the ground, and at the same investing in renewable energies becoming a pioneer in energy transition and climate restoration. The mission is to inform people, particularly non-activists, on the current drilling and fracking contracts and their negative impact, thus empowering citizens to demand the Portuguese government and corporations to cease their drilling and fracking activities, and to create a 100% free fossil fuel society.

Linha Vermelha wants to create a national climate justice movement not only against drillingand fracking, but also to push for 100% energy transition and climate restoration. Portugal is on the verge to have for the first time ever oil drilling, fracking and a 162 Kms gas pipeline built in its territory (30% in forest land). The latter is a new issue that we have recently discovered.

All of these contracts have been signed with private corporations without transparency and, in the case of oil drilling and fracking, without public consultation. Despite the warning from environmentalists and the opposition from local institutions and governments, there are still five active drilling and fracking contracts in Portugal, located in the Algarve and Alentejo coast, as well as close to Peniche and about 20 km inland. No drilling or fracking has occurred yet. The most pressing drill is planned in Aljezur for 2018, 40Km from the coast. Regarding the pipeline, there is little information available - only one document online. In general there isn’t public discussion about these topics and there’s a general lack of awareness to the negative impact of oil drilling, fracking and construction of pipelines.

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