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.
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.oil politicsogonienvironmentwomenNiger Delta
Climate change affects the world unevenly and it is developing countries which, though not historically liable for it, that have to bear the brunt of its adverse effects. Nnimmo Bassey explains, with particular focus on Africa, the nature of the threats facing countries which are financially and economically ill-equipped to meet them.climateambitionpollutionAfricaREDDgeo-engineeringcarbon offsets
Oilwatch International was formally inaugurated in 1996 in Quito, Ecuador. Oilwatch has remained a network driven by the conviction that the petroleum civilisation is driving humans to the precipice. This forward-looking network called for oil to be left in the soil and coal in the hole from its very early days. That is still the call today. Building a post-petroleum civilisation has never been more urgent as it is now...In two days Oilwatchers looked at the rearview mirrors over the past 20 years, talked about the increasing criminalisation of nature defenders, remembered our fallen comrades, and agreed to pursue the attainment of a future where the rights of people and nature are respected and where humans live in harmony - in the true spirit of Ubuntu.
These essays provide insights into the background to the horrific ecological manifestations that dot the Nigerian environment and the ecological cancers spreading in the world. They underscore the fact there are no one-issue struggles. Working in a context where analyses of ecological matters is not the norm, decades of consistent environmental activism has placed the writer in good stead to unlock the webs that promote these scandalous realities.
On a webinar coming up at 11:00 - 12:00 Hours (WAT/BST) on 20 September 2016, Bassey will be interrogating the missing issues in the Paris Agreement, as well as expected outcomes at COP22 in Morocco, including:
The agreement generally – between commitment and voluntary pledges (NDCs)
Unrealistic targets (1.5 – 2 degrees)
The great omission: Fossil fuels, etc
False solutions post COP21 – Net Zero, techno-fixes – including possibilities of CCS and geo-engineering
The Ecological Defenders noted that the soil, air and water pollution which the people of the Ogoni area have been exposed to have adversely affected crop yield for farmers, fish yield for fisher folks and generally reduced the people’s ability to generate income and provide for their wellbeing. This fact has in turn exposed the community to unprecedented levels of poverty, destitution and deprivation.
The National Assembly and the Ministry of Petroleum Resources occupy key vantage points to leverage calm in the oil fields of the Niger Delta. They can make this happen by having communities take their place as true stakeholders in the management of oil revenues. This point cannot be overemphasized. It cannot wait until PIB IV before Nigerians know what is coming.NDDCNational AssemblyPIBMinerals Act
The recent increase of petrol price by the Federal Government could not have come at a less opportune time. Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) roundly rejects this price hike, considering it to be insensitive and ill-timed; noting that without employment, energy supply and socio-economic safety nets, the masses of Nigeria have been thrown into shark-infested waters with neither life guards nor life jackets.
Our lands are fantastically polluted. And now that the price of petrol has been increased fantastically in Nigeria, it is a strong message that fossil fuel will continue to impoverish our peoples and the way out is truly to leave this menace in the ground. That is real climate action. Breaking free from fossil fuels is the sensible way today and it is the way of the future. A clean Ogoni land, a clean Niger Delta, a clean world – that is the way to fight global warming and to give humans and other species a fighting chance of survival. Break free from fossil fuels is a breaking free form the hypocrisy of climate negotiations that refuse to mention fossil fuels. It is a breaking free from corporate capture. The Ogoni did it. We can all do it! Together we can do it!