Luisa Neubauer: After a joke with climate terror, harsh criticism comes from Uganda – domestic politics

Sharp criticism of Luisa Neubauer (26) from the country where the gas pipeline is to be built, which the climate activist would rather blow up.

Neubauer, who became known as the organizer of Fridays for Future, caused a stir with her slogan: “We plan to blow up the pipeline.” Neubauer quickly tried to come to terms with her claim: The pipeline she is talking about has not yet been built.

It’s all about the East African oil pipeline ( German: “East African Oil Pipeline” (EACOP) to prevent.

“We are talking to the French government, potential investors and pipeline insurers, and we are mobilizing through social networks so that this climate-killing pipeline is never built but eventually blown up,” Neubauer told BILD.

Do they also think about the interests of local people?

► Sharp criticism of Neubauer is now coming from Uganda. “The pipeline is really important for the Ugandan economy because it is expected to create tens of thousands of jobs, accelerate the long-delayed commercialization of oil reserves and transform the Ugandan economy,” said Ugandan journalist Nicholas Bariyo (Wall Street Journal).

“I believe the project can also help Uganda play an important role in global energy markets in times of great uncertainty. The jokes about the blasting of the pipeline are really out of place, “Bariyo continued.

Also: East Africa already has a serious problem with terrorism. Terence Corrigan of the South African Institute of Race Relations (IRR) think tank points this out: (by Neubauer, ed.) is highly irresponsible and shameful. There are a number of terrorist movements in East Africa. In Uganda, for example, there is an ‘Army of Divine Resistance’. These uprisings are killing people and undermining the country’s development prospects. “

He sees Neubauer’s statement as “terrifying arrogance, even if he doesn’t mean it.” Uganda and Tanzania are poor, economically underdeveloped societies. The people who live in them have a legitimate hope for a better life, and using oil is part of that, ”Corrigan told BILD.

► And then, “I wonder how people in Uganda and Tanzania would feel if they knew an activist from one of the most prosperous societies in human history.”

Economic development in Uganda is considered a basic requirement for the country to become more climate-friendly overall. Uganda loses 120,000 hectares of rainforest each year because firewood is often the only source of energy.

Corrigan says, “If you don’t give people in Uganda a chance to escape poverty, there is no chance of climate-friendly development in Uganda either.”

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