DRC: Documentary Exposing the Dangers of Oil Exploration in the Virunga National Park

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  • As the Democratic Republic of Congo marks 61 years of independence on the 30th June 2021, climate activists in the country are set to launch a documentary exposing the dangers of oil exploration in the Virunga National Park.
  • Virunga National Park is a national park in the Albertine Rift Valley in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • It was created in 1925 and was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.
  • In elevation, it ranges from 680 m in the Semliki River valley to 5,109 m in the Rwenzori Mountains.
  • More than 3,000 faunal and floral species have been recorded, of which more than 300 are endemic to the Albertine Rift including eastern gorilla (Gorilla beringei) and golden monkey (Cercopithecus kandti).

The documentary, titled Fossil Free Virunga, sheds light on the challenges posed by the entry of oil companies into the park, after being granted oil concessions by the DRC government.

The premiere of the documentary will take place during a webinar, bringing together climate activists, partners and media from across the globe.

There will also be community screenings of the premiere of the film across Africa

Watch the Fossil Free Virunga documentary teaser here


Premiere of Fossil Free Virunga short film 

  • WHEN: Wednesday, June 30th 2021  2:00pm – 3:00pm (GMT)
  • WHERE: Via Zoom – Register here

Author: Bryan Groenendaal


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