It is now accepted that climate change is a major crisis that can turn catastrophic for the planet if real actions to avert it continue to be avoided. This crisis can only be effectively dealt with by tackling the root causes. The burning of fossil fuels by humans for energy is the primary cause. Since the beginning of the industrial revolution up to 80 percent of atmospheric capacity to absorb carbon emissions has been taken up by industrialised countries. The reality is that at least 80 percent of currently known fossil fuels must be left unburned to avoid catastrophic global warming and to avoid local destruction where fossil fuels are being extracted.
Oilwatch’s Call for a De-petroleum-ized Habitat III. This call was made at the end of the General Assembly of Oilwatch International held in Quito, Ecuador. The General Assembly also marked Oilwatch's 20th Anniversary.
Oilwatch International held its General Assembly in Quito 19-20 October 2016. Accion Eccologica also marked 30 years of incredible work within the week. Delegates came from all the continents of the world. We bring you a group photograph of delegates at the General Assembly.
The Annual General Assembly of Oilwatch Africa was held in Entebbe, Uganda, 4-6th September 2016. The General Assembly was preceded by a conference with the theme: impacts of fossil fuels over land and Food Sovereignty in Africa. The gathering also marked the 20th Anniversary of Oilwatch Africa and Oilwatch International. We bring you the Resolutions of the Conference.
This edition has reports from Oilwatch Ghana: Stop the Coal Dream. There is also a report that the Ghanain parliament has passed a new law to regulate the petroleum sector. From Oilwatch South Africa we share a Friends of the Earth International’s report, Fueling the Fire: New coal Technologies Spell Disaster for Climate. We also have an article by Bwengye Yusuf of Oilwatch Africa Secretariat – Uganda titled Oil Fuelling War and Environmental Destruction in Southern Sudan and the World at Large. click and read!