Fear, fearlessness and environmental activism: The Lock the Gate Alliance

This event is the fourth part of a four part series: Governance and the power of fear.

While the political right may harness fear to resist change, fear (and fearlessness) may play very different roles for environmental activists. The Lock the Gate alliance and its siblings have brought together a diverse group of farmers and other landholders, environmental activists and local communities in a remarkably effective grassroots movement to oppose the expansion of coal mining and coal seam gas exploration. Its activities have generated powerful emotions, perhaps most strikingly in the case of the Bentley Blockade, when protesters were preparing for the arrival of 850 riot police.