5 JAN 2020 - Bart De Wever Giant Doll @ City of Antwerp Winter BBQ (with Make Noise For Climate)
Start of the campaign. At this stage Project One was being helped 'a political hand' by City of Antwerp and the Province of Antwerp. Against advice from experts and the Flemish Region both levels gave a green light for deforestation.
15 JAN 2020 - Climate Solidarity I @ INEOS Phenol
At another INEOS plant in the chemical sector a union representative gets fired in a very anti-social way. He was pleading for more security and more durable work conditions. We decided within our campaign to go show our support and strengthen their barricades.
19 JAN 2020 - Climate Solidarity II @ INEOS Phenol
Slowly but surely we were able to explain our vision for a port of the future with job security, durable jobs within circular and climate neutral industry.
20 JAN 2020 - Climate Solidarity III @ INEOS Phenol
The strike kept going on for many weeks and first voices start to whisper this might become the longest strike in a long time. INEOS bosses were putting pressure on INEOS employees that would have contact with the climate movement.
29 JAN 2020 - Climate Solidarity IV @ INEOS Phenol
It was very cold each early morning we passed by in support in the early hours in a waking port. Our presence became more and more appreciated, we started to feel the warmth of solidarity on the strikers picket. Fun anecdote : they kept offering us hot dogs, always forgetting we are mostly vegan 🙂
03 FEB 2020 - Climate Solidarity V @ INEOS Phenol
The weeks passing by, we start to get some attention of new partners in the coalition. More and more activists belonging to different climate & environmental collectives start to join, wake up to catch the first train in the cold february mornings.
05 FEB 2020 - Climate Solidarity VI @ INEOS Phenol (with Youth For Climate & XR Youth)
Youth for Climate had a heavy road behind them with the many Schoolstrikes and Climate Marches. Some even went over the Ocean to see what dirty industry is doing to the Amazones. Believing in social justice within climate justice they came to show their support.
07 FEB 2020 - Bart De Wever Giant Selfie @ Global Strike For Future (with Youth For Climate)
On the first sunny day of the year, we continue with an action to get attention for INEOS Project One on the Ocean March. We wish to state that this factory will poison our Oceans, not only with ocean warming, acidification and depopulation, but also with plastic waste.
10 FEB 2020 - Climate Solidarity VII @ INEOS Phenol
The Strikers post is reaching a climax. Tension is high. INEOS management is blocking every agreement and stubbornly goes forward. While the wishes of the employees are not very costly to the company, INEOS management wishes to continue although it costs them millions in production benefits.
17 FEB 2020 - Climate Solidarity VIII @ INEOS Phenol
The weather is getting rainy and windy. We need to stand closely together to keep warm and out of the wind. It feels like we start to know many of the workers at INEOS Phenol and surrounding chemical plants. Interesting discussions arise around a modern development of the port of Antwerp.
20 FEB 2020 - Climate Solidarity IX @ INEOS Phenol
INEOS management is playing it hard. After 6 cold weeks in harsh weather, but a lot of warmth from the solidarity we shared at the strikers post, we take a group picture for our time together at the ports 2nd longest strike ever recorded. Shortly after the unions and workers and INEOS Phenol came to an agreement.
30 APR 2020 - Banner Drops @ Flemish Parliament / Port House Antwerp
COVID-19 and the lock-down hits us. The climate movement has to re-organize and plan differently. After some weeks we start to see more anti-activism repression and we decide it's time to defend the right to protest. We see the case of INEOS Project One is going to Flanders, and we decide to do during lock-down a banner drop in front of the Flemish Parliament and the Port.
15 MEI 2020 - Plastic Nurdle Hunt & Handover @ Port House Antwerp (with Climaxi)
Our friends of Climaxi have organized a plastic pellet hunt. We went to fill dozens of boxes with plastic pellets at the shores of the Antwerp river. We went to 'return them to deliverer' back at the port house. Project One is meant to infuse the production of such pellets.
01 JUN 2020 - Actie tegen INEOS-Gas-boetes @ City of Antwerp
37 activists get a fine for our very first action in January. We were ID-checked for activism against a very sensitive project, in which the Antwerp political hand is very involved. We see this clearly as political intimidation by the Mayor himself and decide to re-enact our very first action as a response with slightly altered banners.
26 JUN 2020 - Banner Drops @ Flemish Parliament / Port House Antwerp
Once it was allowed again to have limited manifestations during COVID-19 and the global economies started to tremble, we came together with +40 other organisations to show that another world is possible. We will not go back to business as usual and redefine our social & economical model
26 JUN 2020 – Havenhuis op Ramkoers @ Port House Antwerp
We get together with 40 activists and let the Port House – which seems like a gigantic boat – fare towards a big plastic iceberg. On music of Titanic we want to creatively raise awareness of this Climate Killer and Plastic Waste Machine coming to the port of Antwerp. Will we ever learn from history, or will the port of Antwerp crash into its own demise with such new projects? The Port has a choice : or it continues like before, or it stops here, with INEOS Project One, and builds towards the future, with vision and courage, towards a port of modernity, circular industry, durable jobs and climate neutrality.