March 12, 2020
Oil money smear on Womad vibe
As musicians from around the world gather in Taranaki for the annual WOMAD festival, peace and environmental groups say some of the sponsors shouldn’t be at the party.
Climate Justice Taranaki spokesperson Emily Bailey says more than 5000 people have signed a Greenpeace petition against the involvement of oil drillers OMV and Todd Energy.
She says they are particularly concerned about Austrian company OMV, which was named in a report published by the European Coalition on Oil in Sudan as being involved in the events that set off a long-running civil war in the north African country.
Ms Bailey says fossil fuel extraction and climate change go hand in hand with injustices that disproportionately affect developing nations, indigenous people, people of colour, women, people with disabilities, and poorer people.
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