I met the photographer Adrian Fisk on my first trip to the Amazon almost ten years ago. He made an impression as a compelling storyteller, and I wanted to feature his work ever since. I imagined a photo series about the indigenous people of the grand rainforest and their fight against the destruction of their homeland.
But the revolting people I show you today are British, their cause is the same: The protection of 350 acres of pristine ancient woodland, that should make way for a motorway bypass. The Newbury protest of 1995 is one of the most iconic battlegrounds in the history of the British direct action environmental movement. And I hope photos like these can capture the imagination of a new generation of activists because the stakes couldn’t be higher while the paralyzing forces have never been more skillfully deployed.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.