Extinction Rebellion takes on Africa Oil Week

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With Africa Oil Week in full swing, Treeshake supports Extinction Rebellion (XR) Cape Town in their mission to avert a climate catastrophe and ensure a just energy transition.

What is Africa Oil Week?

The Africa Oil Week conference at the Cape Town International Convention Centre this week is bringing together governments, investors, international corporations, and lobbyists, who continue to be supported by our politicians.

Top government officials will be welcoming this crowd, who will “set out the future direction of the continent’s upstream oil and gas sector, secure major deals, forge lucrative new partnerships and take part in bidding rounds held by the largest gathering of African energy ministers.” 

Why is it a problem?

For an environmental crisis this big in magnitude, diverse voices are critical in securing a just energy transition. With tickets priced at R100,000 per delegate, it is questionable that crucial civic voices will be heard. The conference organisers have omitted any reference to climate change in their programme and this is particularly problematic considering the severity of our ecological situation.

Via Reuters

Via Reuters

UNESCO estimates that by 2050, 150 - 200 million people will be displaced due to extreme weather conditions, drought and rising sea levels. The climate emergency also exacerbates conflict through resource scarcity and internal displacement. The South African Human Science Research Council (HSRC) states that developing countries, including South Africa and our southern African neighbours, are disproportionately affected by climate change, due to both geography and low response capacity.

In South Africa's inland areas, temperatures are projected to increase at twice the global average, according to a special report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). A recent Climate and Migration Coalition investigation indicates that internal displacement, particularly of black, low-income South Africans, is already happening.

Despite these impending realities, South Africa continues to invest in coal, oil and gas, leaving little hope that our country will reduce our carbon footprint in the short time-frame we have left to prevent catastrophe.

By connecting people to the issue, we hope to advance a truly just energy transition that moves away from dirty energy and encourages renewable energy solutions.

XR Cape Town’s demands:

“In our global fight to avert a climate catastrophe, we demand from our elected politicians, honourable Minister Gwede Mantashe and Premier Alan Winde, to make an open statement at the Africa Oil Week declaring a climate emergency and withdrawing any support to climate criminals who are complicit in the demise of our planet.”

XR Cape Town’s further demands to the government of Western Cape and of South Africa:

  • to tell the truth to their people by declaring a climate emergency;

  • to implement emergency measures to combat climate change;

  • to abandon and ban all planned projects in fossil fuels;

  • to oppose fracking in the Karoo; and

  • to oppose the offshore Brulpadda field development.

How you can get involved:

Extinction Rebellion Cape Town has organised a series of non-violent protest actions during African Oil Week between November 4th and November 9th, 2019.

For more information, contact:
Michael Wolf (press coordination)

Cell: 082-6990902
Email: ct@extinctionrebellion.org.za


Extinction Rebellion (XR) is a global network and believes it is a citizen’s duty to rebel using peaceful civil disobedience when faced with criminal inactivity by its Government. The Rebellion centres on demands for Government to tell the truth about our dire situation and to act accordingly, including to decarbonise our economy by 2025, in a mobilisation of war-time like proportion.

We declare a non-violent rebellion on behalf of life itself against our criminally negligent government. Our government’s abject failure to protect citizens and the next generations from unimaginable suffering brought about by climate breakdown and social collapse is no longer tolerable.