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The UK government is gearing up to approve a huge climate-wrecking oil field – We must #StopRosebank

Guest Article by Jessica Kleczka The UK could approve the biggest undeveloped oil field in the North Sea in the next few weeks. The Rosebank oil field is located off the coast of Shetland, and three times the size of the nearby Cambo oil field, which was paused after a successful campaign last year. Rosebank is owned by Norwegian state-owned oil company…

Stories from the Frontline: the Activist Fighting to Keep Indonesia Afloat

Indonesian Activist in red overalls speaking through a microphone

Today, the frontlines series continues with an interview with Yudi Iskandar, a 20 year-old climate activist from Makassar, Indonesia. Yudi became a climate activist after realising that the reason his house was submerged by floods in the rainy season was linked to the climate crisis – and that the consequences and causes of the crisis were not divided equally.

Stories from the Frontline: Fossil Free Virunga Revisited

Background Last July we published this frontlines piece about an important campaign in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), fought by a group of passionate and dedicated students from Extinction Rebellion (XR) Université de Goma who are working tirelessly in a high risk area to keep oil exploration out of Virunga National Park and fight for a better life for local…

Stories from the Frontline: Global South Voices on COP26

A graphic with hands making a heart, inside it reads 'Protect our earth defenders'

COP26 rounded up in Glasgow over a week ago with a pact that its UN backers insist keeps the goal of limiting rising temperatures to 1.5℃ above pre-industrial levels alive, even if on life support.   The climate action tracker has predicted that if the targets are met from COP26, the estimated temperature rise above pre-industrial levels is approximately 2.4°C, a reduction from…

Histoires de la ligne de front Episode 3 : Virunga sans énergie fossile

“Le parc national des Virunga, situé dans l’est de la RDC (République démocratique du Congo), est un patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO, un site Ramsar et le plus ancien parc national d’Afrique. Le parc a une valeur universelle incroyable pour sa biodiversité et sa beauté naturelle, et abrite l’une des dernières populations de gorilles de montagne de la planète. Les Virunga abritent également…

Stories from the Frontline – Episode 3: Fossil Fuel Free Virunga

Virunga National Park located in eastern DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo) is a UNESCO World Heritage, a Ramsar Site and the oldest national park in Africa. The park has incredible universal value for biodiversity and natural beauty, and is home to one of the planet’s last surviving populations of mountain gorillas. Virunga also sits on vast quantities of natural resources including untapped…

Stories from the Frontline – Episode 1: #SaveTheOkavangoDelta

What’s Going On? Canadian oil and gas company ReconAfrica has begun exploratory drilling in three test wells in the Kavango Basin, located in northeastern Namibia and northwestern Botswana. Their licence to explore for oil and gas covers an area of 13,200 square miles, including parts of the Cubango-Okavango River Basin which feeds into the Okavango Delta. The Okavango delta is an UNESCO…