Just Stop Oil denounces the oil megaproject that will affect protected areas and will attack the human rights of tens of thousands of people.
Environmental protest against TotalEnergies.
A group of environmental activists, known as Just Stop Oil, sprayed the headquarters of the energy company TotalEnergies in London with orange and black paint.
TotalEnergies plans to create the world’s longest heated oil pipeline, which will stretch 1,500 km from Uganda to the Tanzanian coast.
The activists call for the suspension of the project. They denounce that the pipeline will cross several protected natural areas and assure that tens of thousands of people from Uganda and Tanzania will be affected by a total or partial expropriation of the land.
In a press release, Just Stop Oil explained that it had acted “in resistance to the company’s involvement in human rights abuses in connection with the construction of the EACOP (East African Crude Oil Pipeline) pipeline.”
This megaproject has become the emblem of TotalEnergies’ controversial decision to continue investing in fossil fuels despite the climate crisis. It has also become a media symbol of the fight against oil.
Twenty-six Ugandans and five French and Ugandan associations launched a new court action in France on Tuesday seeking “compensation” from TotalEnergies for “damages” they claim the project has caused.
They claim that tens of thousands of people in Uganda and Tanzania are affected by total or partial expropriation because of this project.
For Just Stop Oil, “the project will release 379 million tons of carbon into the atmosphere, 25 times the combined annual emissions of Uganda and Tanzania.”