Annual Global Campaign week kicks off with a huge procession in Geneva, Switzerland

This year’s annual Global Campaign week was launched on Sunday 13th October 2018 at the UN square in Geneva, Switzerland with a huge procession in the European city.


The launch of the campaign, also known as the Week of Peoples Mobilization, was attended by representatives of the Global Inter-Parliamentary network, affected communities, movements, trade unions and other networks and organizations. The campaign will run up to 20th.October 2018.


Friends of the Earth International groups across six continents are mobilizing to highlight the climate emergency, fight dirty energy and false solutions and to call for a people-led transformation of our energy system.

WE ARE HERE: Thousands of activists who participated in the launch of the global campaign week in Geneva on October 13 match through the city.


The actions of the activists coincide with the launch of the IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways.


“We only have a few years left to prevent runaway climate change. We must act together to fight this climate emergency. People Power will enable us to demand much-needed system change”, note FOEI on their official website.


National Association of Professional Environmentalists, Nape’s David Kureeba says dirty energy is a fight everyone in the world should embrace.


“Together we can make this work so easily. Our first target should be those that facilitate and promote dirty energy”, explains Mr. Kureeba.


Kureeba is the Coordinator Friends of the Earth, Africa.

IN SOLIDARITY: FOEI members when they visisted Butimba Sustainability Village in Hoima District Western Uganda in 2014


NAPE and Friends of the Earth Uganda are being represented at the Global Campaign week by Community Green radio Station Manager, Julius Kyamanywa.


The Global Campaign to Reclaim Peoples Sovereignty, Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity (Global Campaign) is a network of over 200 social movements, networks, organizations and affected communities resisting the land grabs, extractive mining, exploitative wages and environmental destruction of transnational corporations (TNCs) in different global regions, particularly Africa, Asia and Latin America. The Campaign is a people’s global structural response to unaccountable corporate power. It provides facilitation for dialogue, strategizing, exchanging information and experiences and acts as a space to make resistance visible and deepen solidarity and support for struggles against TNCs.

At the same time the Campaign proposes an International Peoples Treaty which provides a political framework to support the local, national and international movements and communities in their resistances and practices of alternatives to corporate power and the TNC model of the economy. It also participates in the campaign for UN Binding Treaty to regulate TNCs, stop human rights violations, end impunity and ensure access to justice for affected communities.

The Week of Peoples Mobilization in Geneva (13 – 20 October 2018), also coincides with the 4th Session of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group mandated to develop a UN Binding Treaty on Transnational Corporations and other business enterprises with respect to Human Rights (OEIGWG).

Story Compiled by Julius Kyamanywa in Geneva

RESETTLED KYAKABOGA RESIDENTS STRUGGLING TO COPE UP WITH THE NEW ENVIRONMENT

Oil refinery project affected people that opted for resettlement are struggling to get to terms with the new environment in Kyakaboga village in Buseruka Sub county in Hoima district.


The 83 households opted for relocation although government constructed 46 houses. Those with houses have been living in the newly constructed houses for close to one year although they entered their houses at different intervals protesting unfulfilled promises by government among which includes a land title according to the Resettlement Action Plan.


The three bed-roomed houses that were built on a 45x 25 plot of land in a camp-like settlement are separated by small corridors. Each affected person was given a piece of land equivalent to the one lost in the oil in the oil refinery. However, the land is a distance away from the houses. Those who did not get houses have struggled to put up makeshift houses in their allocated land as they settle.


Innocent Tumwebaze, the Chairperson of Oil Refinery Residents Association says the residents are struggling to cope up with the new social set up, source of livelihood, planting seasons and the general environment in the area that totally differs from where they were staying in Kabaale parish.


" Different tribes have their social set up according to their cultures. Like for Alur, when a child makes 12 years, he is supposed to build his own house near his father's but here the houses are congested so it is impossible. Kyakaboga also has one season in a year which were not used to so t has affected our livelihood but we are struggling to cope up," says Tumwebaze.


Angelina Unyera, 30, one of the beneficiaries complains of congestion in the camp which has led to conflicts.


" In such an environment, it is hard to control a child or an animal from going to neighbors and you end up quarreling but we have to get to terms with it," says Ms.Unyera, a mother of five.


For Richard Okumu, he decided to aandon his house because he could not manage living in such a congestion.


" I cannot manage living in conflicts with neighbors besides, I have an extended family and the house is too small to accommodate us so I decided to build another house in my land," explained Okumu.


Angena Midali in her 80s wonders why government decided to resettle them in that way. she says she struggles to trek to her land in addition to finding difficulty in accessing water and firewood urging the government to assist them especially the elderly.


Fausta Tumuheirwe says though the environment is challenging, as women they are trying to form group to support each other for income generation. she says some women have formed Tuende Mbele Women's group that helps them to save some money and share.


" I got detached from most of my friends in Nyahaira parish where I was staying. I am trying to mobilize women to ensure that we pull each other," she says.


Peruth Atukwatse, the Project Assistant for NAPE's Sustainability school program has been calling on the affected women to start up groups that will be able to help them solve some of the challenges they are facing.


"Most of these challenges heavily fall on women but when they come together, they can be able to find solutions," she notes.


Government earmarked a 29-square Kilometer piece of land in Kabaale parish in Buseruka Sub County to host the oil refinery which saw 7118 residents from 13 villages displaced from their ancestral land to pave way for the project.


STORY BY RECIOUS NATURINDA