Ships vs Boats: Extractivism and Activism at Sea

Authors: Katherine Genevieve Sammler*, California State University - Maritime Academy
Topics: Coastal and Marine, Coupled Human and Natural Systems, Social Theory
Keywords: resistance, extraction, ocean
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Mid-City, Sheraton, 8th Floor
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As the ocean is being promoted as the next frontier for large-scale resource extraction projects that brandish potentially huge riches, it is important to look to those that are resisting offshore development practices. From paddle boarders building a coalition of resistance to seabed mining, Zodiac boats blocking survey vessels in a marine mammal sanctuary, kayaktivists impeding drilling platforms sailing to the Arctic, to flotillas spreading a message of ocean protection village by village, groups across the Pacific are engaging in new forms of resistance. Ocean issues might themselves be a new frontier for organizing tactics and strategies, strategies that like the ocean itself flow across borders, industries, interest groups and can be used to forge connections and build solidarity. Following on this, and employing what Steinberg and Peters (2015) call a “wet ontology,” we might consider how we can further employ “wet” coalitions, resistances, and emancipations on, in, and near the sea.

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