Thank you to those of you who attended the online GRAN Learning Event, Saving the Okavango Delta. And thank you to those who phoned the Prime Minister with a message requesting action on this issue. If you missed this event, you can view a recording of our panelists’ discussion here. There is still time to make a telephone call to the Prime Minister if you have not yet done so. You will find a suggested telephone script here.
We are now asking all GRAN members to take additional actions this week in concert with our national and international partners who are planning an International Day of Action for the Okavango Delta on Friday June 4th, 2021. We encourage you to participate in one or more of the following actions over the next few days:
1. GRAN Letter Writing Campaign:
Please send a letter to the Prime Minister voicing your concerns regarding this extremely harmful project. Click here for a letter template.
2. GRAN Social Media Campaign
We will be posting news and events that are being undertaken by our partners this week and would ask you to join us in amplifying their voices.
Please follow and like the GRAN Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/GrandmothersAdvocacy
And GRAN twitter at: https://twitter.com/granadvocates?lang=enat
3. Follow actions being taken by our partners
Over 100 civil society organizations around the world, including GRAN, have signed an Open Letter calling on the Canadian Government to stop this project. The letter will be released on June 4th, 2021.
In Germany, environmental activists handed over this petition to Chancellor Angela Merkel's personal delegate for Africa on Wednesday, June 2nd.
In Vancouver, Extinction Rebellion is planning an action to speak out against ReconAfrica at Haywood Securities on June 4th from noon to around 2 p.m. Vancouver area GRANs, you can find more information on this action here.
Fridays for Future, Windhoek, Namibia has an email campaign urging the President of Namibia to save the Okavango Delta from drilling. You can follow them here.
Thank you for adding your Canadian voices to end this project that poses a grave threat to the environment and to the human rights of the women and children of sub-Saharan Africa.
Janet and Pat