Portfolio: Newbury Bypass, 1996, Adrian Fisk
IN January 1996, activist and photographer Adrian Fisk joined protesters against the controversial Newbury bypass in the Thames Valley who had rushed towards the trees in an attempt to prevent their destruction. During that winter he lived in a cabin in an old oak tree 60 feet above the ground and recorded the environmental protest.
On the eve of this year’s COP26 on climate change, Fisk has launched a Kickstarter campaign to publish a book, Until the Last Oak Falls, which will aim to tell the photographic story of the first climate change protests.
This image is taken from its archives. It shows a line of police and security marching with the diggers to prevent the activists from intervening.
As we now know, the road builders finally won. Today, only one old oak tree in 10,000 remains on the site of the bypass.
“We took the opportunity to act and we were entitled to the money,” the photographer said of his action at the time. “If people had listened then, we wouldn’t be in this mess. ”
Fisk, whose work has been featured in National Geographic, has continued his involvement in environmental protests and is currently making a documentary on life in the Arctic.
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