For More Information About Our Journey To Opposing Oil and Gas Exploration, Read Below.
Join the call to stop offshore oil and gas exploration in the ocean and call for sustainable, renewable energy solutions. #OurOceanOurFuture for those who depend on it.
The history of oil extraction in Africa is one of greed, complicity, destruction of livelihoods and natural habitats, and human rights violations. This is perfectly illustrated by the Nigerian military government’s targeting of the Ogoni people, who were protesting the devastating environmental degradation caused by the Shell Petroleum Company’s oil pollution.
It is necessary for South Africans to act quickly, as there is a small window of opportunity to prevent a fossil fuel exploitation explosion in our ocean. By extending our fight for climate justice to opposing deep-sea oil and gas exploitation, we will serve the country, and the African continent as a whole, whilst we acknowledge the courageous fight of the Ogoni people and build on Ken Saro-Wiwa’s legacy.
It is within this context that the project aims to empower local ocean-dependent communities, ensuring fisher livelihoods, and their tools and knowledge are sustained, and communities are able to engage with decision-makers for the protection of our oceans for all, for ever.
This campaign will build on existing networks of small scale fishers and other coastal and ocean communities, as well as engaging with those civil society organizations working on climate change and the energy sector.
The Who Stole Our Oceans campaign is an environmental and social justice campaign launched by The Green Connection in 2020, in a bid to protect our oceans for future generations, with a particular emphasis on opposing offshore oil and gas exploration, is currently underway.
We have a long history of working with fishing communities to help them recognize and fight for their rights, we have worked with partner organizations on various projects, the Masifundise to ensure fisheries are ecologically sensitive in their activities, and WWF project for responsible fisheries.
We as The Green Connection, have been active over time in a number of ecojustice struggles. A crucial consideration in South Africa’s just energy transition must be to ascertain what benefits new renewable energy projects have to address the legacies of the injustice of the past. We have engaged with communities on the ground to see how they were experiencing the benefits of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement (REIPPP). Sadly, the story is not a happy one.
With legal action in progress against the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa), Karpowerships SA and the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, The Green Connection says.....
The Green Connection has a Legacy programme that was created to equip activists with advocacy skills to enable them to fight for their environmental and socio-economic rights....
In the Western Cape, the Langebaan fishing communities and the Saldanha along with Eastern Cape Environmental Network were part of a group that wrote to the Energy and Minerals Committee in Parliament....
– How much oil and gas companies are producing
– How much unconventional oil and gas they are producing (i.e. fracking, tar sands, coalbed methane, extra heavy oil, ultra deepwater and Arctic)
– How big oil and gas companies’ expansion plans are
– How big their unconventional expansion plans are
– How much they’re spending on exploration
– What their fossil fuel share of revenue is
– How many pipeline kilometers they’re developing
– How much LNG terminal capacity they’re developing
– In which Reputational Risk Projects the companies are involved.
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