Tell Shell

Delusional Shell oil company prides itself on its progressive Green initiatives and like other big energy companies, Shell likes to put on an ethical mask and pretend to do good in the world.  But the world isn’t stupid and the company has been slated more than once by environmentalists for its blatant greenwash.

Anyway, for years now Shell has been making monster profits in the Niger Delta and as the Niger Delta is characterised by vital wetlands, freshwater swamps and much much more, it’s not hard to imagine the implications of intense activity by oil companies.  And it’s not just the environment that is suffering.  People are being affected too.  In typical corporate mentality, it’s simply a matter of profit before people and Shell, one of the biggest companies there, is not averse to exploiting people and dodging accountability.

Basically, the Delta is being polluted and the people who have lived there for years are bearing the burden of decades of oil leakage, pollution, water contamination and utter devastation.  Livelihoods are being ruined, rare species are under dire threat, crops are being damaged and all in all, tensions are high resulting in conflict and instability within the region.  Don’t take my word for it.  According to this article, WWF conducted a report three years ago which concluded that “the impact of oil and gas drilling was a “significant contributor to the current violence, sabotage of pipelines/installations and instability in the region.”

It won’t be a surprise to know that the oil guys haven’t done much to improve things since the report was released.  Amnesty is specifically targeting Shell and, rightly crying human rights abuses, they are asking us to make Shell clean up its act:

For the past 50 years Shell has been exploiting the natural resources of the Niger Delta while destroying its eco-system. Three quarters of local people have no access to clean water. Gas flaring, burning off the gas produced when oil is pumped out of the ground, has been illegal since 1984, however Shell and the other oil companies continue to do it. As the Nigerin Government ignores the pleas of the local community, huge flares burn next to their villages, schools and waterways and black dust and soot covers their homes.

So, if you don’t like what Shell is doing (and you shouldn’t) you can tell Shell you don’t like what it’s doing.  Just click the link.


8 responses to this post.

  1. This post isn’t about climate change ders, it’s about corporate giants and the impact their exploiting activities are having on real people and their lives.

    But that second video is misleading. Environmentalists do not call CO2 a pollutant. Environmentalists recocgnise that there has to be the correct balance of co2 output and carbon sinks. Fact is, we are increasing co2 output and simultaneously destroying all the natural carbon sinks that are vital for that correct balance.


  2. Posted by ders on November 29, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Liars and lies will have a worse impact, well would have.


  3. Thanks for the vids/links ders. Can’t promise that I’ll check them out though.


  4. Posted by Ders on December 7, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    inconvenient truth. Best just too stick your fingers in your ears, shut eyes and go la la la la la la, 🙂


  5. Sorry? Did somebody say something?


    Actually it’s the denialists (and the sceptics to a certain extent) who have their fingers in their ears.


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