"The Government have clearly sent the message to Shell, ‘you can do whatever you want’. Fortunately due to protest, the refinery remains unconnected to the gas field. If, as Shell planned, gas had been flowing by now, we would potentially all be dealing with a gas leak and explosion.”
Nnimmo Bassey, award-winning Nigerian environmentalist speaking in Ireland this August
We are very excited and honoured to welcome the Chair of Friends of the Earth International, Nnimmo Bassey as our guest to Ireland this August. While here he will speak at events in Leitrim, Mayo and Dublin. Nnimmo is an award-winning environmental activist and is best known for his organisation's work to prevent and reverse the negative impacts of Shell's activities in Nigeria. Indefatigably, Bassey has stood up against the practices of Shell and other multinationals in his country, often taking great personal risks to protect his environment and community from destruction. He is a truly inspirational activist and we are extremely honoured by his visit.
Nnimmo is here to meet and speak with communities opposing the extraction of fossil fuels in Ireland and share his insights from resisting Shell in Nigeria. Nnimmo will speak at three events during his trip.
On Friday the 17th of August we will be in Manorhamilton,Co. Leitrim at 8pm. You can register for this event here. There are proposals to extract shale gas in the Lough Allen basin using the dangerous and controversial method of hydraulic fracturing or fracking. Local groups on both sides of the border are opposing these plans.
On Sunday the 19th of August we are jointly organising an event with Afri, in Glenamoy, Co Mayo starting at 2pm. You can register for this event here. This event is entitled "Ar Scáth a Chéile: Sustaining Hope and Humanity". The local campaign has been resisting Shell in Erris for over a decade. In the face of Shell's repression the resistance has sustained powerful hope and humanity. This event will be about sharing and celebrating hope.
On Monday the 20th of August Nnimmo will speak in the Peacock Theatre in Dublin at 7pm. Please register for this event, spaces are limited. Nnimmo will be joined on the panel by activists from Mayo and Leitrim. The evening will be chaired by our Director Oisín Coghlan and the activists on the panel will share their experiences and reflections of protecting their communities from destruction by multinational energy corporations.