Over 150 Portlanders Mesmerized by African Environmental Plight

In a small corner of the most populous country in Africa, billions of dollars of crude oil flow under the feet of a desperate people. Immense wealth and abject poverty stand in stark contrast. The environment is decimated. The Niger Delta is seething and the global stakes are high. But in this moment, there’s an opportunity to find solutions.

On Wednesday, April 14th at 7:00pm at the historic Hollywood Theatre in Portland, the Sierra Club, Oxfam America, and the Presbyterian Church USA hosted a complimentary screening of the remarkable documentary Sweet Crude.  Sweet Crude is a new film uncovering the story behind oil extraction in the Niger Delta of Nigeria. The film captures the Nigerian people’s commitment to the protection of their resources and communities in the face of corruption and exploitation.  Filmmaker Sandy Cioffi spoke and took questions after the film and discussed the long journey behind the film’s production.

This screening was part of the Sierra Club and our partners’ ongoing efforts to help citizens from resource-rich countries hold their governments accountable for the management of their natural resources. Here in the U.S., a bipartisan group of legislators have joined together in introducing the Energy Security Through Transparency Act (ESTT), which will require companies to disclose any payments they make to a foreign government for the commercial development of oil, natural gas, or minerals. This will close a critical gap in information available to citizens and allow them to push their governments towards more socially and environmentally responsible practices.

To learn more about what you can do to help us advance this effort, contact Rachel Ackoff at rachel.ackoff@sierraclub.org.

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