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Below are a few sample emails you can choose from to send to your email list subscribers on the day of action. Please feel free to modify them. If you would like also add a bit more about certain issues with ReconAfrica’s project in relation to the type of work your group/organization does, please do!
You can also find article links to include under the Background Information tab.

Sample email 1

[SUBJECT LINE]
Save the Okavango Delta! Stop ReconAfrica, a Canadian fossil fuel company drilling in Namibia & Botswana
Hello [INSERT NAME],

Today is a day of action to stop Canadian fossil fuel company, ReconAfrica!

ReconAfrica is a Canadian-registered junior oil and gas company that has started exploratory drilling in Namibia in what they call the Kavango Basin. The Kavango Basin is a huge untouched oil formation that spans Namibia and Botswana, which ReconAfrica wants to open up.
Their petroleum exploration license areas, comprising of a license with Namibia and a license with Botswana, cover a
in northeastern Namibia and northwestern Botswana. The license areas lie on top of part of the
(or the Cubango-Okavango River Basin) and along the Okavango River, upstream of the Okavango Delta.

The Okavango Delta is large inland delta in northwestern Botswana and is a world-famous hotspot of biodiversity, hosting 130 different species of mammals, 482 species of birds, 89 species of fish, 64 species of reptiles, and 1061 species of plants (
). The Okavango Delta has been designated as both a
and a
. It is
and has been given the nickname the “jewel of the Kalahari”. The International Union for Conservation of Nature has said the Okavango Delta is

Local activists and experts have raised a number of concerns about ReconAfrica’s operations and plans, including:
a failure to properly inform and consult with the local and Indigenous communities
a lack free, prior and informed consent of the Indigenous communities in their license areas
fears of people being displaced to make way for drilling (there has
already
been
)
previous indications to investors of plans to use fracking
serious risks of contamination and depletion of the water in the already dry region and the water going into the Okavango Delta
negative impacts on the wildlife, including endangered species, by loud drilling noises, seismic testing, the loss and fragmentation of pristine ecosystems to drilling sites and roads, and any water contamination
the impact on eco-tourism industry by impacts on the wildlife and the sight of many drilling sites in the region
the effects of air and noise pollution on the people living near operations
the company raking in the vast majority of the profits
the general absence of corporate accountability from Canada for Canadian companies operating abroad
the overall huge impact the project will have in worsening climate breakdown

Local activists have been protesting for months, but we must also help bring attention to ReconAfrica on the world stage!

Here’s how you can help:
Check out this
from Fridays For Future Digital.
Sign and share the
.
Sign and share this
.
Make a sign saying ‘
Save The Okavango Delta
’ and/or '
Stop ReconAfrica
’ and take a photo holding your sign. Then post it on social media today using the hashtags
#SaveOkavangoDelta
and
#StopReconAfrica
Check out these accounts on social media:
Fridays For Future Windhoek
(
,
,
) and
Kavango Alive
(
,
,
)

In solidarity,

[INSERT NAME]


Sample email 2

[SUBJECT LINE]
Today: Stop ReconAfrica! #SaveOkavangoDelta

Hello [INSERT NAME],

Have you heard? Canadian fossil fuel company, ReconAfrica wants to drill for brand new fossil fuels in Namibia and Botswana!

Today is a day of action to raise awareness and stop them!

ReconAfrica is a Canadian-registered junior oil and gas company that has started petroleum exploration in northeast Namibia in what they call the Kavango Basin. The Kavango Basin is a huge untouched oil formation that spans Namibia and Botswana, which ReconAfrica wants to open up to make loads of money!

Their two petroleum exploration license areas, one license with the government of Namibia and one with the government of Botswana, cover a
in northeast Namibia and northwest Botswana. The licensed areas encompass a part of the
(or the Cubango-Okavango River Basin) and border the Okavango River, both of which feed into the precious Okavango Delta.
The Okavango Delta is large inland delta in northwest Botswana and is a world- renowned hub of biodiversity, hosting 130 different species of mammals, 482 species of birds, 89 species of fish, 64 species of reptiles, and 1061 species of plants (
). The Okavango Delta has been designated as both a
and a
. It is
and has been given the nickname the “jewel of the Kalahari”. The International Union for Conservation of Nature has stated that the Okavango Delta is

This irreplaceable ecosystem is now at risk because ReconAfrica wants to profit!

There have been many concerns raised about ReconAfrica’s operations and plans, including:
a failure to properly inform and consult with the local and Indigenous communities
a lack free, prior and informed consent of the Indigenous communities in their license areas
fears of displacement to make way for drilling (there has
already
been
)
previous indications to investors of plans to use fracking
serious risks of contamination and depletion of the water in the already arid region and the water going into the Okavango Delta
wildlife, including many threatened and endangered species, being affected by loud drilling noises, seismic testing, the loss and fragmentation of pristine habitats to drilling sites and roads, and any water contamination
the impact on eco-tourism industry by the effects on wildlife and the sight of many drilling sites in the region
air and noise pollution from operations nearby
the general lack of accountability from Canada for Canadian companies operating in other countries
the company raking in the vast majority of the profits
the huge effect this project will have in worsening climate breakdown

Based on ReconAfrica’s advertised “conservative” estimate of
in the Kavango Basin, Fridays for Future Windhoek has calculated that this could release
, equivalent to around one sixth of our planet’s already rapidly disappearing carbon budget!

The region in which they are currently exploring and planning to extract will be one of the most affected places by the climate crisis. Namibia, specifically, is already
and therefore is especially vulnerable to water insecurity. In fact, in 2019 the Namibian government had to
. The 2018
has said that southern Africa is
“projected to be a climate change hotspot in terms of both hot extremes and drying
” and that temperatures have been increasing in the region “
at approximately twice the global rate over the last five decades”
(chapter 3, p. 260)
.
ReconAfrica plans to worsens the already dire climate crisis to in order to make money, and we cannot afford to let that happen,

This is why I am asking you to participate in today’s online action to stop ReconAfrica.

Local activists have been protesting for months, but we must also help bring attention to ReconAfrica on the world stage!

Here’s what you can do to help today!
Check out this
from Fridays For Future Digital. Feel free to share with people you know!
Sign and share this
.
Sign and share this
.
Make a sign saying ‘
Save The Okavango Delta
’ and/or '
Stop ReconAfrica
’ and take a photo holding your sign. Then post it on social media today using the hashtags
#SaveOkavangoDelta
and
#StopReconAfrica
Check out these accounts on social media:
Fridays For Future Windhoek
(
,
,
) and
Kavango Alive
(
,
,
)

We must fight to keep our planet’s people, waters, biodiversity, and climate safe!

In solidarity,

[INSERT NAME]



Sample email 3


[SUBJECT LINE]
TODAY:
Save the Okavango Delta! Stop ReconAfrica, the Canadian fossil fuel company drilling in Kavango

Hello [INSERT NAME],

Today is a day of action to stop Canadian fossil fuel company, ReconAfrica!

ReconAfrica is a Canadian-registered junior oil and gas company that wants to drill for oil in Namibia and Botswana, in a sedimentary basin they call the “Kavango Basin”. They are currently doing oil exploration in northeastern Namibia and
that they have found a “working petroleum system”.
Their two license areas, one in Namibia and one in Botswana, lie on top of part of the
(or the Cubango-Okavango River Basin) and go along the Okavango River, upstream of the Okavango Delta. The Okavango Delta is world-renowned haven for biodiversity and is a
, a
, and one of the
.

Local activists and experts have raised a lot of concerns about ReconAfrica’s plans and operations, including;
a lack of adequate consultation with the local and Indigenous communities
a lack free, prior and informed consent of the Indigenous communities in their license areas
fears of displacement to make way for drilling (there has
already
been
)
previous indications to investors of plans to use fracking (though the company now denies this)
serious risks of contamination and depletion of the water in the already arid region and the water going into the Okavango Delta
negative impacts on the wildlife, including endangered species, by loud drilling noises, seismic testing, the loss and fragmentation of pristine ecosystems to drilling sites and roads, and any water contamination
the impact on eco-tourism industry by impacts on the wildlife and the sight of many drilling sites in the region
the effects of air and noise pollution on the people living nearby
Canada’s general lack of corporate accountability for Canadian companies operating outside Canada
ReconAfrica getting the vast majority of the profit
the massive effect this project will have in worsening the climate crisis.

Local activists have been protesting for months! We have a responsibility to help them bring the world’s attention to ReconAfrica and save the beautiful Okavango Delta!

Here’s what you can do to help today!
Check out this
from Fridays For Future Digital and share it with people you know!
Sign and share the
.
Sign and share this
.
Make a sign saying ‘
Save The Okavango Delta
’ and/or '
Stop ReconAfrica
’ and take a photo holding your sign. Then post it on social media today using the hashtags
#SaveOkavangoDelta
and
#StopReconAfrica
Check out these accounts on social media:
Fridays For Future Windhoek
(
,
,
) and
Kavango Alive
(
,
,
)

We must stop ReconAfrica and save the precious Okavango Delta!

Solidarity always,

[INSERT NAME]



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