Support campaigners against the destruction of Madagascar’s unique biodiversity and its people from proposed tar sands mining. Write to French oil giant Total’s CEO Christophe de Margerie.
Email Total’s chief executive today and call on him to abandon his company’s destructive plans to mine highly polluting tar sands in Bemolanga, Madagascar.
Campaigners in Madagascar are working on the ground to try and stop this from going ahead. Support here in the UK, where the Royal Bank of Scotland is financing multinational oil companies involved in tar sands, adds vital strength to their work. Please support the World Development Movement's campaign and take action now.
"We only have seven people in our organisation. We are like a family. But we have a network of organisations in Madagascar, which makes us stronger. And international support gives us further strength.”
-Malagasy environmental and human rights campaigner
French oil company Total has been test mining for tar sands at Bemolanga in the western part of Madagascar for the last three years. Now, they are considering moving on to full exploitation. We have already seen environmental destruction on a huge scale and the trampling of human rights in the tar sands fields of northern Alberta in Canada. This must not be allowed to happen in Madagascar, or anywhere else in the world.
In the region of Melaky, where the tar sands in Madagascar lie, 70% of the population live below the poverty line and 50% of children under the age of three have stunted growth due to malnutrition. More than 120,000 people could have their water supply disrupted and land poisoned as a result of the tar sands project.
Using taxpayers’ money, the bailed-out Royal Bank of Scotland is helping to finance the tar sands industry. Since being bailed out in 2008, RBS has provided £303million in corporate finance to Total.