I am asking you to use your influence to get Marsh to drop the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP).
It is completely incompatible with any solid ESG policies. No company that cares about climate change or human rights can justify involvement with Total’s destructive project.
If built, this pipeline will devastate thousands of people's lives in Uganda and Tanzania.
Nearly a third of the pipeline would run through the basin of Africa’s largest lake, Lake Victoria. It would cross more than 200 rivers. Just one spill or leak could poison the water that 40 million people depend on for food, farming and their livelihoods.1
It will also force 100,000 people from their land and homes.
This pipeline is already having frightening impacts on civil society and human rights in Uganda. The Government is clamping down on organizations working to assist oil-affected communities. Some activists have been attacked and arrested.2
EACOP's impact on nature and the ecosystems in the area will be catastrophic. The pipeline will slice through one of the world's most impressive natural parks, Murchison Falls, which is home to some of the largest populations of elephants, giraffes, lions and leopards in the world. Decades of hard work and investment have helped revive these populations after they were decimated by poaching.3
EACOP risks undoing all of that.
Local people in Uganda and Tanzania have been fighting to halt EACOP for years. Communities across Africa are calling for this project to be canceled. Over one million people have called on those backing the project and Total to stop it.4
Over 16,000 people have just signed a newly launched petition to Marsh CEO, Daniel Glaser, asking you to drop it.5
Other major players in the insurance and banking industry have publicly denounced EACOP. Munich Re, said that EACOP is incompatible with its ESG commitments. Major French banks called the project “too hard to defend” and decided not to finance it. Crucially, workers at Marsh agree.
The latest UN climate report said we cannot build any new oil and gas projects if we hope to keep global heating within 1.5 degrees. This is vital if we're to have any hope of protecting nature, life and all our futures.
Please, make good on your ESG commitments and do right by the communities in East Africa and future generations – withdraw your support for the East African Crude Oil Pipeline.