Friends of the Earth Netherlands (Milieudefensie) is a non-governmental (NGO) environmental organisation with more than 90.000 members and supporters and eighty local groups, conducting campaigns globalisation, traffic and agriculture.
The airline sector is busily searching for alternatives to kerosene. Made from crude oil, kerosene is responsible for much of CO2 emissions and is thereby a major contributor to climate change. Crude oil is also becoming harder and harder to extract, which is making it more expensive. The airline industry says that biokerosene is the answer. It is renewable’ since it is made from vegetable or animal ingredients. As attractive as that sounds, it is anything but a real solution.
Victims of Shell’s oil pollution from the Nigerian villages of Oruma, Goi and Ikot Ada Udo, in conjunction with Friends of the Earth Netherlands (Milieudefensie), have started a lawsuit against Shell Nigeria and Shell’s parent company in the Netherlands. Three cases have been brought before the court. This is the first time in history that a Dutch corporation has been called to account in a Dutch court for damage done abroad.
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There is a great deal of oil in the green wetlands of the Niger Delta in Nigeria. For decades oil has been Nigeria’s leading export product. Nearly one-half of that oil production has been carried out under Shell’s supervision. Ever since oil was first discovered in the Niger Delta, many problems – such as oil leaks and gas flaring – have surrounded its extraction. One hundred gas flares burn day and night, and the once so fertile wetlands of the Niger Delta have been transformed by the oil leaks into the world’s largest oil disaster. Milieudefensie wants to reduce the environmental problems that Shell causes in Nigeria.