The climate crisis impact
Ireland’s role in facilitating this investment in fossil fuel has a real and harrowing impact. For decades, the oil extraction operations of Shell have been devastating communities in Nigeria’s Niger Delta.
Oil spills and gas flaring have decimated fish populations. This has resulted in the loss of countless fishing livelihoods and a sharp rise in hunger for local people.
Martha Onisuru is a fisherwoman in the area. Her anger is palpable. “Before the arrival of Shell, when we cast our nets there was always a surplus of fish, and we would have problems taking all the fish home. Now that Shell has arrived, and they started burning their fire and spilling oil everywhere, since they came here, we cannot catch fish.” She told us that as a result, “We are dying of hunger.”
Shell’s operations in the Global South have received an estimated US$37.6 billion in financing since 2016. US$ 550 million of this was channeled through Ireland to ensure that Shell makes the largest profit on its activities.