Zelena akcija/FoE Croatia invites you to the panel discussion "Victims of the European and Croatian LNG 'boom'", which will be held on February 9th at 5 pm Central European Time (CET) on Zoom.
The main topic is the impact of gas imports into Croatia, especially liquefied gas (LNG), on local communities around the world - from Mozambique to the US.
The event is open to everyone, and no google form registration is required. Zoom link (with simple registration) is HERE.
Speaking at the panel discussion will be:
Frida Kieninger, Food&Water Action Europe (Brussels)
Jenny Espino, Texas Campaign for the Environment
Neville Van Rooy, The Green Connection (South Africa) & "Don't Gas Africa" campaign
Daniel Ribeiro, Justiça Ambiental / Friends of the Earth Mozambique
The moderator will be Marija Mileta, gas phase-out campaigner and vice-president of FoE Croatia.
The official language of the event will be English, with simultaneous translation into Croatian.
The largest importer of LNG into the European Union, including Croatia, is the USA, although we also import gas from other countries, such as Mozambique.
However, people in Croatia probably rarely ask where the gas that we use in households etc. comes from, and how its extraction and processing affects the local communities in those countries.
From the health effects due to fracking (massive hydraulic fracturing), the dominant method of gas extraction in the USA which has been banned in Croatia in 2021, through the so-called "sacrifice zones" in the Gulf Coast (Louisiana and Texas) to the fueling of conflicts and violations of human rights in countries like Mozambique, on a continent that simultaneously suffers severe consequences of climate change.
Last year, the Croatian Government decided to increase the capacity of the LNG terminal on Krk Island by a hundred percent, which will mean an even greater import of gas from the aforementioned countries. This will mean even more health problems for people from fracked gas export countries, even more human rights violations and conflicts, an increased impact on climate change, as well as prolonging Croatia's dependence on dirty fossil gas.
Recently, the European Commission granted Croatia EUR 585.1 million in pre-financing through the RePowerEU plan under the Recovery and Resilience Mechanism. Among the main projects of the Government is the expansion of the Krk terminal.
Such decisions also show the hypocrisy of the EU and Croatian authorities, which ban fracking domestically due to its multiple harmfulness, while they have no problem with importing gas that is extracted in this way in countries like the USA.
You will be able to learn more about these and similar topics at the panel discussion.
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