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Fossil Politics

Although the massive dependence on fossil fuels has been seen as the major cause of global warming, wars and destruction, the world’s addiction to fossil fuels is yet to wane. The fossil fuels industry together with international finance institutions and the military complex continue to engineer the literal scrapping of the bottom of the barrel to squeeze out more fossil fuels completely ignoring the harm and the fact that they are non-renewable and will ultimately be abandoned or exhausted. The short-term logic that empowers this blind drive is one that worships profit and ignores the future of the planet and her children.

HOMEF work on this track builds from the power of the communities who subsidise this perverse industry and who suffer gross despoliation. HOMEF believes that a transition from fossil fuels must be rapid and urgent and devoid of distractions by way of fuels and techno-fixes that either depend on the same infrastructure that has rigged in the crises or claim to provide solutions to the crises in order to sustain the current polluting logic.

Oilwatch Africa: The Lamu Declaration

Oilwatch Africa network members, Lamu community representatives, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), community-based organisations (CBOs) met in Lamu Kenya, on 7th and 8th August, 2018 at a conference on the theme: Beyond Fossil Fuels. The conference considered the politics of fossil fuel extractions, the impacts of fossil fuels on the continent and the strategy to unlock Africa’s power using alternatives to fossil fuels energy systems that are environmentally friendly and socially just.


Climate Dialogues and Negotiations

The Talanoa Dialogue was a facilitative dialogue proposed by the Fijian President of COP23 to reflect the ‘Pacific spirit’ of sharing stories, problem solving and wise decision-making for the collective good. The Dialogue encouraged parties to speak freely to each other on three questions about the global climate crisis: Where are we? Where do we want to go? How do we get there? This article looks at the bright sides of the Dialogue and the sides that raise questions as well.

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Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline: Not in Our Interest

The proposed Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline has been tagged “The Wonder of Africa” but civil society groups in Africa and around the world see it as The Wounding of Africa. 40 groups calling for the project to be called off in the interest of the peoples and the planet issued this joint statement citing, among other things, the locking in of dirty energy, its global warming potential and the threat to marine ecosystems.

FishNet Dialogue at Makoko

photo by Betty Abah

“There must be a time when we sit back to reflect on the things we take for granted in order to avoid being taken by surprise when such things disappear.” These were the opening words from the welcome remarks by Nnimmo Bassey, Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), at the FishNet community dialogue at Makoko, Lagos State. The dialogue was an interactive session with participants working in three groups to review the state of their coastal community environment before pollution, reclamation and dredging activities literally turned the tide of things.

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FishNet Conversations

True change can come from below. Change can begin from below. True change must come from below. Just as it is the root system that makes a tree stand, so it is with changes that must last. We have ignored the roots of our problems long enough and today we are dissecting those roots so that we can clearly see where the proverbial rain began to beat us.

Shell Stuck in Greasy OPL 245 Deal

The shocking news that all previous claims by Shell that they did nothing wrong with the highly contentious OPL 245 oil bloc deals were false hit Nigerians yesterday. Global Witness noted that in a statement to the New York Times, Shell’s Vice President for Global Media Relations, agreed that, “Over time, it became clear to us that Etete was involved in Malabu and that the only way to resolve the impasse through a negotiated settlement was to engage with Etete and Malabu, whether we liked it or not”. He added Shell knew that the Nigerian government “would compensate Malabu to settle its claim on the block”.

Our Climate is Going to Waste: Time to Think a New Future

Mass #Breakfree Actions in Ogoni, Nigeria. On the 30th of March 2017, hundreds of climate activists as well as concerned and affected Nigerians joined ongoing actions around the world aimed at pressing home the need to address our dependence on fossil fuels which poisons our planet and threatens to eliminate all of us.

Attempt to Shut Down Acción Ecológica

Regarding the Ecuadorian Government’s Move to close Acción Ecológica, a grassroots environmental justice organization in Ecuador is an assault not only on a national movement for ecological justice, defense of nature and indigenous peoples, but on the environmental justice movement globally. Acción Ecológica recently celebrated 30 years of solid work that has inspired organisations, networks and movements around the world. They are key players in Oilwatch International and were first to host its secretariat for 10 years from inception in 1996.
They are pioneers of the #KeepItInTheGround struggle and radical thinkers in the struggle for the rights of Mother Earth. HOMEF is in full solidarity with Acción Ecológica as they struggle for our peoples and for a safe planet. Read their statement on the renewed assault on their liberties.


Women from the Niger Delta communities met on November 22 and 23, 2016 to debate and discuss the implementation of the UNEP report and the clean up process in Ogoniland and other Niger Delta communities. They went to the meeting with samples of polluted fishing nets, polluted water and congealed crude oil from their communities. It was a safe space for women to learn, exchange and debate the political and practical dimensions of the clean up in Ogoniland and to act as a collective towards the implementation of the emergency measures recommended in the UNEP report. They also strategized on ways to ensure adequate and effective representation of women in the clean up processes.

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