Make Shell come clean in the Niger delta
Amnesty International is campaigning to get Shell to clean up its operations in the Niger Delta. It says: “Decades of pollution in the Niger Delta has led to serious human rights violations, driving the people of the region into poverty. The oil industry has failed to adequately prevent the human rights impacts of its operations in the Niger Delta.
“The Niger Delta is one of the 10 most important wetland and coastal marine ecosystems in the world and home to some 31 million people. It is also the location of massive oil deposits, which have been exploited for decades by the government of Nigeria and multinational oil companies. The people of the Niger Delta have seen their human rights undermined by oil companies that their government cannot or will not hold to account.
“Amnesty International is concerned about the devastating impact that pollution and environmental damage, associated with the operations of Shell, is having on the human rights of people in the Niger Delta.”
You can email the new Chief Executive of Shell to make a commitment to clean up Shell’s operation in the Niger Delta. And don’t think you can’t help – Amnesty’s Twitter campaign has already persuaded Shell to schedule a web debate on the subject. Someone is listening, so make yourself heard!
The Science Photo Library has more pictures of the Niger Delta, including oil flow stations – if you’re interested.