Climate refugees ask BHP and Shell for asylum

April 18, 2001

Friends of the Earth will today sail up Collins Street to ask BHP and Shell for asylum from the rising tide of climate change.

Carbon dioxide is the leading cause of climate change. BHP is responsible for over 12 per cent of Australia's carbon dioxide emissions and oil produced by Shell alone emits more carbon dioxide than most countries in the world, including Brazil, Mexico, France and Australia.

Ricardo Navarro, of the Salvadorian Centre for Appropriate Technology and Chair of Friends of the Earth International will make a statement at 12 noon infront of BHP Petroleum Plaza (cnr Russel and Collins Streets).

There will be a procession of watercraft up Collins St symbolising the millions of climate change refugees, assembling at the Shell Building (cnr Spring and Flinders Streets).

At 12:40pm, Nnimmo Bassey, Chair of Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria will draw attention to the devastation caused by Shell in his country through exploration and drilling for oil.

Friends of the Earth will then apply for asylum at Shell, even though "environmental refugees" do not qualify for refugee status under the UN refugee convention*.

Ricardo Navarro, Nnimmo Bassey and Patrina Dumaru (Fiji) will address a public forum at RMIT this evening.

For further information or comment, contact:

Tristy Fairfield
0418 178 053

Al Hoban
0407 324 743