At IUCN, Vatican, Catholics urge action against EACOP

by | Sep 9, 2021 | Blog, News and Updates | 2 comments

Father Benedict Ayodi, Africa Programs Manager for Laudato Si’ Movement, urged all attendees of the International Union for Conservation of Nature World Conservation Congress in Marseille to sign the “Healthy Planet, Healthy People” petition on Thursday during a special dialogue.

The dialogue, which was broadcast live on YouTube and featured in-person guests, was titled “Oil impacts in Uganda and DRC.” Speakers shared how the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) could cause massive destruction through Uganda and Tanzania.

EACOP is a proposed $3.55 billion, 1,443-kilometer electrically-heated pipeline that will snake through Uganda down to the Tanzanian Indian ocean port of Tanga. The project has prompted worries about human rights and the concerns over the project’s economic and environmental impacts.

Ayodi shared how all people have an opportunity to speak out against the pipeline and let world leaders know what kind of future we want to create by signing the “Healthy Planet, Healthy People” petition.

Ahead of two crucial United Nations summits, including the 26th annual Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, all people of goodwill are signing the petition and telling world leaders to agree to strong accords that care for our common home and create a better tomorrow.

Now is our opportunity! Sign the petition today

Rev. Joshtrom Isaac Kureethadam, the Head of the Vatican’s Ecology and Creation Office, joined via a pre-recorded message to share his prayers and the Vatican’s concerns about the ecological crisis and climate emergency.

“It is going to accelerate the climate emergency. It’s going to affect biodiversity… And thirdly, it’s going to have impact on human rights, especially of the Indigenous communities that live in those areas,” he said. “We join you in protesting against this exploration.”

WATCH: Catholic leaders share how Laudato Si’ calls all Catholics to act and care for God’s creation

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Chris J.A. Coutinho
Chris J.A. Coutinho
17 days ago

Three outstanding presentations! The expertly presented FACTS make this required viewing for not only those in the East African region, but the entire continent AND the world over! To paraphrase Fr,Ben, “be convinced from the heart…It’s not just about the politics & science around climate change.” 🌏🌍🌎❤️

15 days ago

I hope we all can make this change