Climate protests expected today as part of Earth Day

Climate Protest
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Global climate protests will occur today in East Africa as part of Earth Day.

This year has already significant climate protests led by young climate activists as well as Indigenous communities. On March 25th, young climate activists around the globe participated in the Fridays for Future climate protest. Thousands of activists in Brazil also called for an end to the destruction of the Amazon.

East African climate activists like Vanessa Nakate have drawn attention to the 900-mile-long East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline. The pipeline will extract approximately 70 million barrels of oil per year from Uganda to Tanzania to be shipped globally. Proximity to Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake is a major concern as Lake Victoria supplies water to tens of millions of people. Activists have already put pressure on stakeholders to end their financial backing of the project.

As the world prepares to take action against environmental degradation and climate disasters, expect ardent protests from activists in East Africa, particularly in Uganda and Tanzania. In response to these protests, banks and insurers will likely pull out of the highly controversial project following moves already made by HSBC, BNP Paribas, and Swiss Re. Violence is unlikely as the development of the East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline is still in the early stages.

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