David vs Goliath

Uganda’s Vanessa Nakate vs TotalEnergies’ Patrick Pouyanné, on the shores of Lake Albert

By Flore Monteau

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Posted on March 20, 2023 09:54

On one side, the chairman and CEO of TotalEnergies. On the other, the “African Greta Thunberg”. The former was pleased to see French courts dismiss the complaint filed by six NGOs against his EACOP gas project in Uganda. The latter has become the voice of an entire continent.

“It’s as if Africa doesn’t matter. [Western big bosses] are too busy focusing on privileged countries and they abandon our communities, who have been suffering for decades, but the world does not revolve around the West!”

Speaking in January at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, did Ugandan environmental activist Vanessa Nakate sense that the road ahead would be long and fraught with difficulties?

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