‘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.’
Regional director, 350.org
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.