Who is Essential Action?
Tell Shell to spend it's money cleaning its mess in Nigeria, not it's image!
April 2, 1999
Contents: Who to Write to |
Sample Postcard |
Resources & more actions!
Poor Royal Dutch/Shell feels its image has been harmed by its ongoing
pollution and involvement in human rights abuses in Nigeria. To remedy
this public relations problem, Shell decided to spend $32 million on
an advertising campaign that projects the image of an environmentally
and human rights responsible corporation, instead of trying to repair
Shell's damage to the Niger Delta.
There are countless uses for this money that would actually work to
start solving the problems caused and facilitated by Shell in
Nigeria's oil rich Niger Delta. In Ogoni alone, Shell could clean up
spills, begin rehabilitating areas damaged by thirty years of gas
flares, get rid of pipelines (which continue to cause environmental
damage and crisscross communities and farm areas), and rebuild
villages destroyed by Nigerian military to silence protest against
Throughout the Niger Delta, Shell needs to work to listen to the
concerns of communities: gas flares, prevention and clean up of
spills, the lack of adequate monitoring devices and systems, and the
dire poverty of many communities living within a stone's throw of
Shell facilities are only some of the many concerns being voiced today
in the Niger Delta. Shell also needs to directly address the
environmental and human rights concerns raised by Ijaw groups in the
December 1998 Kaiama Declaration and the following Operation Climate
Change. The Ijaw are Nigeria's forth largest ethnic group and the
largest minority in the Niger Delta.
Let's tell Shell to stop playing hiding behind expensive public
relations schemes and start cleaning up its mess! Get your message
Who you can write to:
United States: Send Jack Little, CEO of Shell Oil (Royal Dutch/Shell's
U.S. corporation) a postcard asking why he is spending money improving Shell's image,
not cleaning up Shell's mess in Nigeria!
Outside the United States, make and distribute postcards targeting
your country's Shell company (you can find addresses at Shell's web site)
or targeting Royal Dutch/Shell's CEO, Mark Moody Stuart (address below).
Why is Shell spending
to clean up its image
mess in Nigeria?
|Dear Jack Little,
Shell just started a $32 million ad campaign to improve its image. But
Nigeria's Niger Delta remains despoiled by Shell's leaks, spills and
Shell should demonstrate its commitment to human rights and the
environment by cleaning up its mess in Ogoniland and the many other
regions of Nigeria suffering from Shell's environmental negligence.
SPEND THE MONEY CLEANING UP YOUR MESS, NOT YOUR IMAGE!
| Jack E. Little
Shell Oil Company
PO Box 2463
More that you can do
about Shell's new ad campaign at
about Shell (and other corporations) giving money to the UN.
Email Shell on the new new
"social concerns" forum of its
website. Remember to use Shell's words to show Shell's hypocrisy in
pursuing a p.r. campaign before cleaning up the Niger Delta and
respecting the human rights and dignity of communities in the Niger
Post cards are great for getting lots of people to send expressions
of their opinions, but don't forget to send letters! Helpful
Mark Moody-Stuart, Chairman of the Board of Directors
President and Managing Director,
Royal Dutch/Shell Petroleum Company
Carel van Bylandtlaan 30
2596 HR, The Hague
Jack E. Little, President and CEO
Shell Oil Company
PO Box 2463
Houston, Texas 72252, USA
Keep spreading the word about Shell's
environmental devastation in Nigeria and role in human rights abuses!