I start out with a question to the Natural History Museum and the BBC Wildlife Magazine:
“How can it be that the winner of the 2007 Goldman Environmental Prize (the highest honour awarded for protection of the environment) won that prize for resisting the environmental destruction being caused by the sponsor of the 2007 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award?”
What’s going on here? I’m a little confused. Are you really that ignorant? shallow? do you hold shell stock? or are you just easily bought off?”
Learn about Willie Corduff, and how he won his 2007 Goldman Environmental Prize <—click here for video
I am working with Bristol Rising Tide, part of a growing direct action movement against climate change, to expose Shell’s “wild lie” when the exhibition comes to Museum from 15th December to 13th January. While wildlife suffers the effects of oil exploration, spills and climate change, Shell executives shmooze shamelessly at highbrow cocktail events at the Natural History Museum admiring the splendour of the nature they are destroying. It’s so sick.
I’ve been doing some research on Shell’s activities, and it is indeed a grim tale- the recipe seems to be followed all around the world wherever there’s oil and gas: local environmental damage, corporations propping up ruthless dictators, suppressing local peaceful protest with an iron fist and hired thugs, and then of course the resulting climate damage from their operations and from burning their products. Check out the following links for more about Shell’s operations and their outrageous hypocritical sponsorship of the world’s biggest wildlife photography award:
Art Not Oil illustrating oil company crimes:
Think about the Ogoni people in Nigeria who have been gunned to the ground for defending their land, and their leader Ken Saro-Wiwa who was hanged for being brave enough to stand up against a ruthless corporation and a brutal regime,
Think about the people of County Mayo Ireland who are being beaten and intimidated for protecting their land, think about the polar bears struggling to survive on thin ice, and all the real wildlife all over the world that is suffering from Shell’s activities– then think about being a part of high visibility demonstrations at the Bristol Museum, and anywhere else this exhibition appears.
The dangerous deception and greenwash of Shell sponsoring the wildlife competition must not stand. I’m angry now after watching that Ken Saro-Wiwa video- can you tell? Look out Shell– the Tide is Rising against you!
If you want something to do right now:
The Tragic History Museum has contact e-mails for the judges of the contest- if you want to do a little online activism- be polite and firm!: http://www.shelloiledwildlife.org.uk/
E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to get involved with the local campaign