Debrief from Glenugie blockade
ACTIVISTS and CSG-opponents who were involved in the blockade against Metgasco's drilling activities last week in Glenugie were part of a debriefing session yesterday in Lismore.
Just under 30 people participated in the free event.
Nimbin's Ruth Rosenhek headed the three-hour group session held at the Lismore Library.
Ms Rosenhek is a crisis counsellor, international environmental justice activist, educator, filmmaker, deep ecologist and Director of the Rainforest Information Centre in Lismore.
Ms Rosenhek provides face-to-face counselling and decided to offer her skills and knowledge to "help the community to let go of all the emotions that emanated from the blockade".
She explained that the group sat in a circle "to break the social taboo against the expression of feelings by giving people the option to express their despair, sadness, grief, anger, rage and fear - all the so-called negative emotions."
"When we express those feelings, the energy is freed up and we can think more clearly," she said.
Anti-CSG activists, supporters and those undecided across the country tuned in at the weekend to Al Jazeera English for the first in-depth documentary about CSG mining in Australia by a mainstream commercial TV outlet.
The documentary, "Risky Business", was broadcast on pay TV over the weekend, and was also shown at the Lismore Workers Club on Saturday night.
An full online version of the program is also available on You Tube.