Thu 21 June
Nigeria Movie Night; The oil spill in picture
The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is known worldwide as one of the worst in history. Everybody knows the images. What almost nobody knows is that the Dutch oil company Shell has for decades been causing a much larger catastrophe in another part of the world, namely Nigeria.
For the last 50 years Shell has been drilling oil in the Niger delta which has left the land and the people devastated. Due to daily oil spills and gas flaring the area, which is as large as Holland, has become so contaminated it is now inhabitable. Shell refuses to take responsibility for their actions. On the basis of reports, interviews and a documentary, visitors can witness the disastrous oil pollution Shell had caused in the Nigerian Niger Delta. Admission is free.
For many decades, Shell has been drilling for oil in Nigeria, with dramatic consequences. Many tens of millions of gallons of oil have already leaked into the delta and the local population is stuck with an polluted and inhabitable environment.
Friends of the Earth has started a campaign against Shell in Nigeria called Worse Than Bad. As part of their campaign they have selected ten candidates to be a spokesperson for their campaign. I am one of these candidates! Each of the candidates has to try and reach as many people as possible and tell them about the disaster in Nigeria. The three candidates with the best campaigns get to go to Nigeria themselves to witness the devastation Shell has left behind. The trip will be recorded and broadcast by Vara Vroege Vogels.
During the ‘Worse than Bad Movie Night, I will show how serious the contamination is and what the dramatic consequences are for the people of the Niger Delta. This evening will be part of my personal campaign: Jet wil mee naar Nigeria. Through facebook and events I will try to inspire people to work together on the struggle against Shell. Together we are strong and can put an end to the oil pollution caused by Shell.
More info on Facebook.