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4 Apr 2013

Leah Temper, EJOLT Blog (Environmental Justice Organizations, Liabilities & Trade)

Crude Justice & Ecocide in the Niger Delta

We had been invited to the Niger Delta on a mission with EJOLT (Environmental Justice Organizations, Liabilities and Trade), a European funded project that brings together scientists and activists to document ecological conflicts and to support communities in their struggle for justice and demand true accountability for corporations engaging in “ecocide”. The other reason for the visit was the 20th anniversary celebration of Nigeria’s leading environmental justice organization (and a member of the EJOLT project): Environmental Rights Action (ERA)…The celebration was bittersweet. Companies such as Shell continue to reap some of the highest profits of any corporation in the world in 2012 (some $28.6bn or about 2m an hour), at the cost of communities in the Niger Delta who have their meager livelihoods trodden over and destroyed without any recourse to justice.

Part of the following timelines

EJOLT reports on research mission to Niger Delta, highlighting the environmental and social problems created by oil extraction

Shell lawsuit (re oil pollution in Nigeria)