Who’s Got the Guts for Activism?
Can you imagine sneaking into a Shell shareholder meeting and presenting the company’s CEO with a dead fish trophy?
Last month, my colleague at ForestEthics, Karen, did it. She looked Shell’s CEO Peter Voser straight in the eye and gave him a dead fish award.
Here she is:
Then she went a step further: she worked with other activists to stage an entire Sacred Headwaters crime scene right in front of the office where he held his annual shareholder meeting. With witnesses!
One of the folks working with her — dressed as Peter Voser in jail garb — actually pressed his face to the window of the offices and waved. Just inches away from the real Voser’s face.
Karen is working so hard to protect the Sacred Headwaters (source of the Skeena, Stikinie and Nass wild salmon rivers) because if Shell moves forward with its plans to drill there, grizzly cubs, caribou and moose calves will be decimated.
When more than 22,000 Care2 members sent emails to Peter Voser’s personal inbox, Karen was on the ground bringing the point home. With Karen’s close and personal work on the ground and all our online actions, we’ve got Shell surrounded. They can’t hold a conference halfway across the planet without some of us showing up — with the backing of thousands of people online.
Now we’re thinking up crafty ways to deliver thousands of protest postcards to Shell. We can’t tell you how just yet because it needs to be a surprise…for Shell.
Already, ForestEthics and Care2 members have generated over 40,000 postcards. If you’d like to fill out a postcard online to send too, Karen will be on the ground to deliver it for you. After all, we think that if all of us who can’t be there in person take action online, and get our friends to do it too, Shell won’t stand a chance. What about you? Do you have the guts to get the Shell out?
Hilary Stamper is the Online Communications Manager for ForestEthics and a contributing blogger to Care2.