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.

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.

The Great Cotton Stitch Up

African woman carrying her baby with a basket of cotton on her head. 

Many people in West African countries such as Mali, Benin, Burkina Faso and Chad depend on growing cotton for a living. In these four countries cotton accounts for between 5 per cent and 10 per cent of their GDP.

West African farmers can produce cotton at a lower cost than almost anywhere else. There are three things stopping them growing cotton:

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