Environmental racism: Australia, Shell and Nigeria

Connors, Libby (1997) Environmental racism: Australia, Shell and Nigeria. Social Alternatives, 16 (2). pp. 50-52. ISSN 0155-0306


In May 1994, Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other Ogoni leaders
were arrested for the assassination of four of their own chiefs who had in all likelihood been killed by government agents. Dr Wiwa was in surgery at the time of the arrests. He escaped the crackdown and went underground and now lives in exile in Canada. His brother and eight compatriots were executed by a military-appointed tribunal, despite international protests, on November 10, 1995. The article discusses the environmental degradation caused by the oil facilities of Royal Dutch Shell PLC in Ogoniland, Nigeria. The Ogoni people are an ethnic minority in Nigeria and are mostly fishermen and farmers. Since Royal Dutch Shell began extracting oil from the rich Ogoni farmlands, the lives of those fishermen and farmers have been shattered. Thick soot falls from the gas flares which dot their farmlands and air and water supplies have been contaminated. Besides, the rain is acidic there and the incidence of respiratory and other health problems among the Ogoni has increased. The author also elaborates on the peaceful public demonstrations against the facilities led by Ogoni leader Ken Saro-Wiwa.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Humanities and International Studies (Up to 31 Mar 2011)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Humanities and International Studies (Up to 31 Mar 2011)
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2007 11:47
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:18
Uncontrolled Keywords: Shell Oil company; Nigeria; environmental protest; human rights; corruption; military
Fields of Research (2008): 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220104 Human Rights and Justice Issues
16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160605 Environmental Politics
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050206 Environmental Monitoring
Fields of Research (2020): 50 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 5001 Applied ethics > 500104 Human rights and justice issues (excl. law)
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4408 Political science > 440805 Environmental politics
41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410404 Environmental management
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940499 Justice and the Law not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/13543

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