African civil society and global allies challenge Chatham House conference on ‘Extractive Industries in Africa’

photo 1 Starting on Monday the 16th, Speakers and participants gathered on Chatham House, a ‘think tank’ based in central London, which is hosting an event entitled ‘Extractive Industries in Africa’.

Individuals, organisations and coalitions from across Africa and beyond have signed an open letter challenging the conference organisers and attendees. The letter asks that delegates consider an alternative set of questions and discussion points which, rather than paying ‘mere lip service’ to sustainability and international protocols, addresses the climate, social and ecological crises that the extractives industries are implicated in and consider a genuine transition away from fossil fuels.


The letter has been delivered by hand by Nnimmo Bassey -a lifelong activist challenging big oil in the Niger Delta, Director of Health of Mother Earth Foundation, Nigeria, and former Head of Friends of the Earth International- to a member of Chatham’s Africa Research Team who said she would give it to the conference organisers.



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