As Africans commemorate Africa day on Wednesday, native artists joined local weather activists in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo to mark it by holding concert events and actions throughout the week, to focus on the hazards of the proposed East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP). Local weather activists who attended the concert events and actions, most of which coincided with the TotalEnergies Annual Normal Assembly, put the agency on the spot over its involvement in polluting oil and gasoline tasks throughout the continent, similar to EACOP. Activists underneath the #StopEACOP marketing campaign referred to as on monetary establishments to not again the challenge, which faces sustained opposition not solely from neighborhood members in Uganda and Tanzania, but in addition local weather justice activists globally. The deliberate pipeline has displaced 1000’s, affected livelihoods, threatens delicate ecosystems, endangers wildlife and the setting.
The deliberate actions included a march, supply of a petition to Complete Energies in Uganda and Tanzania, a live performance in Goma, DRC on twenty fifth Might, in addition to concert events set for the twenty seventh of Might in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam.
Landry Ninteretse, 350Africa.org Regional Director, mentioned,
“The assorted concert events and actions organized this week throughout the continent display a preferred rejection of fossil gasoline tasks by Africans. They’ve despatched a transparent message to TotalEnergies and its shareholders that the time has come to place an finish to the looting, air pollution, extractivism and neo-colonialist practices which have for thus lengthy harmed hundreds of thousands of Africans. Tasks just like the East African Crude Oil Pipeline ought to due to this fact haven’t any place in our area’s vitality future as it can trigger extra hurt than good to the communities and the setting. Choices being made at TotalEnergies AGM should mirror concrete plans to halt any deliberate fossil gasoline tasks and chart a path to assist a simply transition to scrub vitality to safe the continent’s vitality safety, whereas safeguarding the pursuits of communities. Rhetoric and greenwashing will lead us down a darkish path of dependence on fossil fuels and destruction of our planet.”
Omar Elmawi, #StopEACOP coordinator mentioned,
“The truth that quite a few monetary establishments have within the current previous more and more dedicated to not fund EACOP is a testomony to the dangerous and irresponsible nature of this challenge, which places individuals and the planet in danger. Fossil gasoline firms could be incapable of growing such giant fossil gasoline infrastructure with out the assist of monetary establishments. The decision is now on banks to decide to not supporting Complete and its companions of their quest to construct what is predicted to be the longest heated crude oil pipeline on this planet. Reviews have indicated that because the world transitions from fossil fuels to scrub vitality, fossil gasoline infrastructure will wind up as stranded property. The economically sound, socially and environmentally accountable transfer for monetary establishments is to as a substitute assist the event of sustainable clear vitality options that are plentiful and price efficient.”
Edwin Mumbere from CECIC in Uganda mentioned,
“Companions on the EACOP challenge have touted it as a challenge that can profit the communities in Uganda and Tanzania. The state of affairs can’t be farther from the reality, as we have now seen displacement of communities, human rights abuses, threats to their livelihoods in addition to delicate ecosystems linked to the pipeline. What’s more and more clear is that the pipeline is dangerous for the individuals and the setting. Not solely are we calling out TotalEnergies and its companions for carrying on with this challenge, we’re additionally urging monetary establishments to not gasoline the local weather disaster by supporting this challenge. As an alternative of banking on fossil fuels, focus ought to as a substitute be on investing in renewable vitality for the sake of vitality safety, financial sustainability, the wellbeing of individuals and the setting.”
Justin Mutabesha, local weather activist primarily based in Goma, DRC mentioned,
“The current IPCC report underscored the truth that pressing and deep emissions cuts are required to restrict world warming under 1.5 levels celsius, to be able to avert much more catastrophic local weather impacts. This is the reason we’re standing in solidarity with our comrades in Uganda and Tanzania to oppose this disastrous challenge which might produce about 34 million tonnes of carbon dioxide yearly. Within the DRC, we opposed Complete’s plans for oil exploration at Virunga Nationwide Park the place they ceased operations in 2013. We’re calling on the agency and its companions to behave responsibly and abandon the EACOP challenge. We additional attraction to our authorities to cease the issuance of oil exploration licenses in Virunga Nationwide Park in addition to halt not too long ago introduced plans to public sale off new oil blocs for exploration, a few of that are additionally positioned in delicate ecosystems and threaten communities livelihoods.”
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of 350.org.
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Concerning the East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP):
TotalEnergies and companions intention to assemble a 1443-km crude oil pipeline and infrastructure to move Uganda’s crude oil from Hoima in Uganda to Tanga in Tanzania. If constructed, this might be the longest heated crude oil pipeline on this planet, producing an estimated 34 million tonnes of carbon emissions yearly. The challenge has already displaced 1000’s and threatens the water assets, livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of individuals within the Lake Victoria basin, in addition to wildlife.
#StopEACOP is a world marketing campaign towards the development of EACOP. The marketing campaign is led by an alliance of native teams and communities, African and world organizations. The #StopEACOP Coalition has been calling for a cease to the proposed pipeline and related oil fields at Tilenga and Kingfisher. The #StopEACOP marketing campaign is gathering momentum, constructing strain on the remaining supporters and financiers of the East African Crude Oil Pipeline.
For extra details about the StopEACOP marketing campaign go to https://www.stopEACOP.web/
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