SDCEA Call to Abandon Oil and Gas Exploration
The South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA) and affiliated organizations braved the harsh weather on Saturday May 21 to protest coastal oil and gas exploration by Total, Shell and their local allies, PetroSA and Impact Africa.
The protest began at Suncoast Casino.
SDCEA coordinator Desmond D’sa said: “We will shine a light not only on the 500 people who lost their lives on April 11 and 12, and the R25 billion in damage to our public, private and domestic, which are definitely attributed to climate change. Additionally, we abhor the risks that oil and gas companies impose on us through the exploration of our oceans. We will defend our marine life and the livelihoods of all fishers who depend on of the ocean for their survival. We are taking action to raise awareness of the negative impacts of fossil fuels on the poor and marginalized throughout the value chain, from extraction to processing, transportation to combustion,” did he declare.
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D’sa further said that they will continue to raise awareness of the rush by fossil fuel companies to drill for oil and gas in the Indian Ocean.
“At the beginning of 2010, we saw ExxonMobil and the Norwegian state company. Equinor drilling and opposed it. We saw Silver Wave Energy linked to the Burmese junta and opposed the government in part because of the political repression the company was funding against the Burmese people. We are particularly concerned about our government’s decision to allow this oil and gas exploration, which has the potential to destroy our tourism industry, recreational opportunities and sustainable livelihoods provided by marine life and to amplify the climate chaos that was so painful just a few weeks ago. from. We wish to highlight the ongoing struggle for environmental justice for poor and marginalized people who continue to suffer from fossil fuel-related health problems and who will suffer the most from climate change that will be further compromised once these societies begin to drill,” he added.
In conclusion, D’sa said that the country faces an interconnected social, economic and ecological crisis, which requires a transformation of the archaic and harmful energy and oil and gas sector to ensure a fairer future on the social, economic and ecological plan.