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EACOP: A crude reality

Climate activists shed light on grave impacts of oil pipeline project in new film
EACOP: A crude reality

A new documentary shines a spotlight on the negative socio-economic and environmental impacts posed by the planned East African Crude Oil Pipeline.

EACOP: A crude reality was released yesterday (30 October) by 350Africa.org in conjunction with the Stop EACOP coalition.

‘At a time when there should be no new fossil fuel projects, forging ahead with a project of EACOP’s magnitude is a regrettable move that will not only become stranded assets in a few years’ time but also exacerbate Africa’s fossil fuel trap. This will in turn further fuel the climate crisis, whose impacts are already hitting Africa hard.

‘Climate activists under the stop EACOP coalition have been calling for a stop of flow of finance to the project. As communities on the frontlines of the climate crisis, we expect that the COP27 climate talks will yield substantial climate finance that will support the just transition to renewable energy in Africa as opposed to financing climate-wrecking fossil fuel projects.

‘In addition, fossil fuel producing countries responsible for the enormous damage caused must also pay by supporting the nations most vulnerable to the climate crisis, to build resilience to its impacts.’

LANDRY NINTERETSE
Regional director, 350.org

Pipeline impacts

The film features the testimonies of communities directly affected by the Total Energies’ mega project, as well as activists raising the alarm on the threats posed by the pipeline to livelihoods, sensitive ecosystems and the climate.

The pipeline, which will run from Hoima in Uganda to Tanga in Tanzania, has been the centre of controversy globally, following sustained opposition by community members and climate activists. 

Climate activists under the Stop EACOP coalition have been unrelenting in their calls for financial institutions to distance themselves from the proposed pipeline, resulting in 24 commercial banks and 18 (re)insurers committing to not supporting the project.


 

‘EACOP is an ill-advised project whose impact on communities in Uganda and Tanzania, wildlife and the planet will be devastating, as the project’s lead Total Energies stands to gain. We must continue to push for a stop to this and other such projects.

‘To bring an end to the age of fossil fuels, we must cut off the flow of financing to the fossil fuel industry and engage governments and financial institutions to marshall massive investments in renewable energy needed to realise a just transition away from fossil fuels and avert even worse impacts of the climate crisis.’

OMAR ELMAWI
#StopEACOP coordinator

Displacement and human rights

The release of the 43-minute documentary follows a global week of digital actions calling on the EACOP financial and insurance backers not to finance or insure the project.

Following the launch, groups across the continent will hold public screenings of the film at different locations.

‘The heart-wrenching stories of displacement, human rights abuses, threats to livelihoods and sensitive ecosystems linked to EACOP are a testament to the impunity with which fossil fuel corporations such as Total Energies operate, as they realise huge profits at the expense of people and the environment.

‘Harmful projects such as EACOP should have no place in the future of the continent. Instead the government of Uganda and Tanzania supported by the developed nations should create sustainable, inclusive and diversified economic opportunities and energy solutions that directly benefit Ugandans and Tanzanians and protect their basic rights, livelihoods, environment and future.’

HILDA NAKABUYE
Climate activist from Uganda

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