Oceans Not Oil
YOUTH MARCH AGAINST UNLAWFUL ENDANGERMENT
We are marching against oil corporations’ intent on drilling our ocean and land. Their business models pose a threat to the Paris Agreement climate goals of limiting global warming to well below 2°C, to prevent a catastrophic and irreversible climate change. Sasol, SA's top carbon emitter, and ENI have applied to drill the KZN coast. Sasol and ENI have a social duty of care to take climate action, but they recklessly continue oil and gas development in South African waters, putting not only international climate goals at risk but also South Africans and the animals and plants we hold so dear. We, the youth of Durban, are concerned about losses to biodiversity and weather extremes increasing in both frequency and intensity. Drought, extreme heat and flooding are occurring more often and it is expected that hurricanes will get stronger. These impacts pose a substantial risk to the vulnerable and poor. Sasol and Eni have a massive global carbon footprint. Sasol and ENI are knowingly violating their legal duty of care and are endangering human rights, lives and livelihoods By choosing short-term corporate profits over protection against global damage Sasol and ENI are therefore acting unlawfully. We call on ENI and Sasol to cease all operations that ultimately produce green house gas emissions in RSA, thereby drastically reducing South Africa’s use of fossil fuels to follow the global emission reduction pathway of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
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