“DRILLERS IN THE MIST”: FROM PLUNDER TO SHARED PROSPERITY

In 2012, SOCO International, a London-based oil company, announced plans to press ahead with oil exploration in Africa’s oldest National Park and UNESCO World Heritage site, Virunga Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This beautiful land, containing the greatest biodiversity of all the parks in Africa, will be irreparably damaged if drilling for oil is allowed in its boundaries. Since 1925, many individuals and groups, including UNESCO, have worked to protect Virunga, but the challenges are many, including conflict in the area and plunder of natural resources.  http://bit.ly/1EbhNHF

 

UN photo

UN photo

Sustainable Development Goals currently being formulated at the UN include Goal 12: “Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns” and Goal 15: “Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss”; both goals prohibit any actions that endanger the earth’s heritage locations, including Virunga National Park.

Watch award-winning film Virunga 

http://bit.ly/1yWFnpp (trailer)
www.netflix.com/WiMovie/80009431 (film on Netflix)

Managing Congo’s Natural Resource Wealth : http://bit.ly/1AWYnEB


There is enough for everybody’s need, but not enough for anybody’s greed.
Mahatma Gandhi

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