International supplier being requested to pledge to not insure controversial pipeline
A complete of twenty-two insurance coverage corporations have already dedicated to not insuring the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP), and protesters (pictured) exterior Chubb’s Abbey Home workplace in Manchester final Friday have been urging the worldwide insurer to make the identical pledge.
Other than their placards and banner, the Cease EACOP campaigners additionally introduced with them recorded messages from those that can be affected by the deliberate pipeline in East Africa. They’re opposing the challenge not solely due to EACOP’s contribution to local weather change but in addition on account of its influence on wildlife and on native communities.
“EACOP is a local weather bomb challenge fraught with perilous penalties together with, however not restricted to, placing in peril the livelihoods of forty million individuals round Lake Victoria and placing in peril animal species in Queen Elizabeth nationwide park,” Cease EACOP Uganda’s Abduh Twaib Magambo stated in an emailed launch.
“These embrace elephants, zebras, giraffes, and lots of extra. The challenge has additional gone an additional mile of placing individuals’s lives in peril on account of displacements and threats from state.”
In the meantime, Manchester-based activist Martin Porter commented: “The implications of local weather change are with us now, and it’s solely going to worsen. The seven hottest days of the final 100,000 years occurred this summer time leading to heatwaves and floods world wide.
“Africa is the continent that has contributed least to local weather change, however it’s set to endure essentially the most. Even the Worldwide Vitality Company has stated the age of fossil fuels is over. Persevering with with this pipeline is now insanity. We hope Chubb Insurance coverage agrees and can pledge to not insure it.”
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