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Who’s Got the Guts for Activism?

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:

Karen giving dead fish award


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!

Sacred Headwaters Crime Scene

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 surpriseā€¦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.

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1:04AM PST on Dec 23, 2012

This has made my Christmas. Go Karen Go!! Great story and good read...

12:55AM PST on Dec 23, 2012

good one.

9:15PM PDT on Jun 29, 2011

Badass! :)

6:18PM PDT on Jun 25, 2011

Omg, I love Karen already! Hahaha...She is so brave! Thank you for standing up so directly for a cause. Her heart shows in what she does - something not so often exhibited. That's awesome!

2:39PM PDT on Jun 25, 2011

Don't forget the coastal wolves!!!

3:50AM PDT on Jun 25, 2011

very good...!!!!!!

2:57PM PDT on Jun 24, 2011

I am ready, who, what, when, where, why and how!!!

11:16AM PDT on Jun 24, 2011

Way to go Karen!

4:33AM PDT on Jun 24, 2011

you got to admire theire courage and determination

10:17PM PDT on Jun 23, 2011

Excellent job she deserve all the praises for her brilliant idea and the courage to show the mirror to CEO

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