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“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.FishNetDialogueFish not OilFossilsMakokolivelihoodLagos
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.
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”.
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.
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.