We are an alliance of concerned citizens, local indigenous peoples, impacted communities, civil society organizations and scientists who have come together to stop ReconAfrica’s oil and gas exploration and drilling in the environmentally sensitive Okavango River Basin in northeastern Namibia and northwestern Botswana.
We say no to ReconAfrica’s selfish greed, and no to drilling of any kind for the dead-end future of dirty oil and gas. Now is the time for safe-guarding the abundant resources of this unique region: our food that nourishes, our water that is safe to drink, our globally treasured wildlife that provides long-term conservation jobs and once-in-a-lifetime wildlife experiences for visitors.
Around the world oil and gas extraction and production has gotten a free pass to pollute our air, soil and water for far too long and we believe it has no place in our rich landscape of wildlife and people.
Now is the time to stand together and fight for environmental and social justice, heeding the painful lessons learnt from people in oil-impacted communities who have lost everything to oil companies,leaving behind broken lives, destroyed land and forever polluted water.
We are committed to ensuring a future for the more than one million people who rely on this unique ecosystem for their every need. A future that secures livelihoods, ensures the survival of endangered species and creates an ecological rampart against the catastrophic effects of human-induced climate change that is an example for the whole world to follow.
We have drawn a line in the Kalahari sand: this far and no further.