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After careful and thoughtful design, ERA is proud to introduce to all its brand new and exciting logo.
It shows people standing in solidarity, hands linked together, determined to defend their environmental/human rights.
The "legs" represent our roots and shows how firmly we are rooted in the earth. And the green? Naturally stands for our life and the environment.
Thus, the message is clear.... the environment is our life ... Let's defend it!!!


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Press Release: Environmentalists Denounce Arrests in Gas Flaring-Affected Community
Wednesday, 03 September 2008
Environmental Rights Action / Friends of the Earth Nigeria

September 3, 2008

BENIN CITY (NIGERIA), September 3, 2008 -- Environmental Rights Action / Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has condemned the September 2 arrest and detention of a group of around 25 people including journalists attending a community forum on gas flaring at Iwherekan community (Delta State).

The arrests were made by Nigerian soldiers at the Iwherekan community gas flaring site operated by oil giant Shell.

Forum participants were released after approximately 5 hours in detention but were requested to report to a military commandant today September 3 at 9 am local time. The people detained included journalists from national newspapers and televisions stations including the Federal Government-owned Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) as well as ERA/FoEN staff, community elders, women, and children. The NTA crew camera was confiscated.

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Press Release: ERA Flays arrest of activists, Journalists
Wednesday, 03 September 2008
The Environmental Rights Action/ Friends of the Earth, Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has condemned Tuesday's arrest and detention of its officers, community elders and some journalists at Iwherekan community, Delta State by soldiers guarding gas flaring sites operated by Shell. The group demands their immediate release and an apology from the military and Shell.

In a statement issued in Benin yesterday, ERA said some of its officers, community elders, women, children and journalists from national newspapers and televisions stations including the Federal Government- owned Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) were arrested during a community interactive forum on the impact of gas flaring.

According to the group, about 25 persons including ERA/FoEN project Officer, Chima Williams, the plaintiff in the suit against gas flaring, Jonah Gbemre and a member of the Host Communities Network (HOCON), Comrade Che Ibegura were arrested and detained by the soldiers while the camera of the NTA crew was seized and confiscated.

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Communique: Food is for people not machines
Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Member groups of Friends of the Earth Africa (FoEA), farmers, civil society organisations, legal practitioners, media representatives, development experts, community representatives, government ministries and agencies, and the academia met in Abuja, on 13th August 2008 to deliberate on the challenges posed by the renewed scramble for Africa by the North and the wasteful use of food crops as fuel to feed cars and machines while people go hungry.

The conference provided stakeholders an opportunity to raise awareness, mobilize and build resistance against corporate-driven unsustainable production, consumption and trade in agricultural products for conversion to agrofuels, and threats to food sovereignty.

A Communique was released at the end of the highly successful meeting. Click here to read/download the communique in adobe portable document format.

Press Release: ERA Seeks Probe of BAT's Smoking Parties
Thursday, 14 August 2008
The  Environmental Rights Action/ Friends of the Earth Nigeria  (ERA/FoEN) has  asked the Nigerian government to  investigate on-going ‘Experience Freshness’ secret parties being organised by the  British American Tobacco Nigeria (BATN) to promote its Pallmall cigarette  brand . The group said the parties were being used to influence under age persons to start smoking.
ERA/FoEN  in  a statement issued  in Lagos alleged  that BAT has staged the “smoking” parties secretly in  Sokoto, Kano, Ilorin, Ibadan while the most recent was held at Gateway Hotel, Kuto Abeokuta on Wednesday, August 13. It alleged that the tobacco company has concluded plans to stage the next party in Akure, Ondo state.
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Press Statement: World Bank Acknowledges Serious Flaws In WAGP Project
Tuesday, 05 August 2008

But Questions on Compensation for Displaced, “Upstream” Impacts, and Gas Flaring Remain Unanswered

Civil society activists in Nigeria are welcoming the World Bank’s acknowledgement of a series of damaging mistakes during the building of the World Bank-financed West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP) running from Nigeria through Benin, Togo, and Ghana. But they also say the report does not go far enough in answering crucial questions.

A report by the Bank’s independent Inspection Panel outlines serious errors made by the West African Gas Pipeline Company (WAPCo) as it took possession of lands in Lagos and Ogun States, Nigeria and displaced already-impoverished residents. In its response to the Panel report, the World Bank’s management admits that residents were paid just 10% of the established value of their land. The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors is scheduled to discuss the report today

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Friends of the Earth Africa Statement
Friday, 11 July 2008

Statement by Friends of the Earth Africa at her Annual General Meeting held at Accra, Ghana, 7-11 July 2008
Members of FoE Africa from Ghana, Togo, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Nigeria, Mauritius, Tunisia and Swaziland met for five days in Accra, Ghana reviewing issues that confront the African environment. A particular focus was placed on the current food crisis and agrofuels on the continent.

FoE Africa groups deplored the characterisation of Africa as a chronically hungry continent; and rejected the projection of the continent as an emblem of poverty and stagnation and thus as a continent dependent on food aid. FoE Africa reiterated the fact that the agricultural fortunes of the continent have been dimmed by externally generated neoliberal policies including Structural Adjustment Programmes imposed on the continent by the World Bank, IMF and other IFIs.

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“Will They Say Our Youths Were Not Shot?”
Wednesday, 09 July 2008
Nnimmo Bassey, (just back from Ilajeland, 2nd July 2008)
kids playing at Awoye
Standing on the shores of the creek at Igbokoda, one is regaled by sounds of laughter and Makosa music and views of roaring boats and silent ones gliding by. But my mind was hooked on far off Awoye as the sun begun the downward slide.
Enraptured by fishes swirling in basins and buckets, traders haggling and making deals, boat boys howling for passengers and fuel dealers waiting idly by their pumps, my eyes were fixed on the boat builders down the creek and the hopes that powered their hammers driving nails that held the wood tightly together even before the tapes, the glues and the tar step in as the final seal.  Could these talented guys be remotely related to Noah of old?

Thoughts of the impending boat ride to Ugbo, Bowoto and Awoye evoked deep memories of ruthless responses of oil giants to unrepentantly accommodating villagers in the oil fields of Nigeria.  With the best time set for the next morning, there was sufficient time today to look up Igbokoda and see how things had changed over time.
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Hesperians New Book Supports the Struggle for Environmental Rights and Justice
Tuesday, 01 July 2008
ImageBy Jeff Conant

Aside from the damage to ecosystems, drilling, spilling, and burning oil cause an array of health problems, such as asthma, cancers, skin disease, and nerve damage. This is one of the reasons why the environmental justice movement tries to clean up and shut down refineries, why we campaign to protect the Amazon and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and why OilWatch and others call for a moratorium on oil drilling and a transition to just, clean energy alternatives.

Few resources exist to help community-based activists focus on oil’s immediate health impacts. Hesperian’s Community Guide to Environmental Health changes that. A popular education manual in the style of their widely used book, Where There Is No Doctor, the new Community Guide... provides an approach to health from the perspective of underlying social and ecological injustice.
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Oilwatch Position Paper on Climate Change Adaptation
Friday, 27 June 2008
Read / Download the Oilwatch Africa position paper on Climate Change Adaptation
  • Interrogating Official Mechanisms for Tackling Climate Change


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