Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Will Shell Oil save Saskatchewan birds?


Kill some birds here, save another one in Sask.
Greenwashing  is a form of spin in which green PR or green marketing is deceptively used to promote the perception that a company's policies or products are environmentally friendly. But what do you call it when oil companies sponsor NGOs to save wildlife in one place while destroying it elsewhere? Dead-bird blood money? Oil-covered albatross money? Oil-washing?

Nature Saskatchewan is one of many environmental groups lined up to receive funding from Shell's "Fuelling Change" promotion. Shell's environmental record is dismal and it keeps adding up, most recently in the Nigerian oil spills.

Many must roll their eyes at just how easily mainstream environmentalism is compromised. Running hat in hand to oil money that is made through destroying ecosystems and causing catastrophic climate change is just not right or ethical. Surely it isn't to much to demand that we expect more from them and refuse to accept oil money.

No oil on this cute owl

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