Africa

Tell Norway to ditch Shell

Two oil wells surounded by a lake of oil in grassland.

Leaking oil wells in the Niger Delta Photo: Friends of the Earth

Last month 28 Right Livelihood Award winners wrote to the Norway Government Pension Fund asking it to sell all its holdings in Shell because of the environmental harm caused by it in the Niger Delta, Nigeria.

The Lake Victoria land-grab

Man standing on felled trees

A man stands on the land taken from him to make way for a palm oil plantation. Kalangala, Uganda. Photo: Jason Taylor

The Ugandan government is promoting large-scale agrofuels plantations as a solution to the climate crisis at the UN climate talks in Durban, South Africa. Yet millions of people are already facing the impacts of land grabs and evictions caused by agrofuels.

The African Climate Connection

African man standing on cracked dry earth, dry grass and leafless tree in background

African farmer surveys his drought stricken land.

The threat of unstoppable climate change gets ever closer and many governments seem to be doing very little to prevent it. It is vital we get politicians to sit up and take notice.

Many voluntary organisations are planning African-themed events during the first week of the UN Climate talks in Durban at the end of November.

Save the Mabira Forest Reserve

 Forest tree with roots growing out of the ground and joining the trunk to form an arch.

Arched tree in the Mabira Forest. Photo: S.A.Perez (Flickr)

Stop Shell gas flaring in Nigeria

Two children watching a Shell horizontal gas flare in Nigeria

Children in the Niger Delta look on at a Shell horizontal gas flare.
© Elaine Gilligan / Friends of the Earth

Despite promises made by Shell since the 1990s to stop flaring the 'associated' gas released in oil production in Nigeria, Shell flared more gas in 2010 than it did in 2009 in the West African country.

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