Today, the stage was set for the final verdict in the ice arena constructed for the Trial of the Century. After three days of impassioned arguments from the prosecution and defence, the People’s Tribunal of Kirkenes cast their verdict and decided on perhaps the most fateful choice of our time: between economy and ecology, prosperity and environment.
«As if the Nuremberg Trials were held in Narnia» — Finnmarken (Norwegian daily)
There was only one decision that the Tribunal was mandated to decide upon;
oil extraction in the South-East Barents Sea is against the Norwegian Constitution’s § 112
oil extraction in the South-East Barents Sea is not against the Norwegian Constitution’s § 112
A hush settled over the open-air courtroom as the verdict was to be read, the tight pack of media craning their lenses toward the sky as the master of proceedings, artist Morten Traavik, read the verdict from high above atop the grand arena. As the verdict was read aloud, the prosecution embraced while the defence looked wistfully toward the Norwegian constitution’s article 112 emblazoned on the giant walls of ice. The people had spoken, and what they had to say sent a shockwave through the plans for Norway’s next oil fields; oil extraction in the South-East Barents Sea is against the Norwegian Constitution’s § 112
photo by Ole-Gunnar Rasmussens