Last week, it was announced that a major international oil company accepted responsibility for massive contamination affecting poor villagers in a remote part of a developing country, promising to pay for clean-up, and compensation to the communities harmed.
Stop the presses! Has Chevron finally done the right thing in Ecuador?
Actually, it wasn't Chevron in Ecuador, but Shell in Nigeria.
Join us in calling Chevron to tell them:
If Shell can do it in Nigeria, isn't it time for Chevron to do it in Ecuador?
In response to a class action lawsuit filed against the company on behalf of tens of thousands of people in the Ogoniland region of the Niger Delta, Shell formally accepted responsibility for two massive oil spills that devastated farmland and mangroves, and flowed into a large network of creeks and inlets, poisoning the drinking water and destroying the livelihood of this fishing community.
For those familiar with Chevron's toxic legacy in Ecuador, it all sounds very familiar, except for the part where the oil company accepts responsibility. It's time for that to change.
Today is International Day of the World's Indigenous People, as proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly. On this special day, please join us in standing with the oil-ravaged indigenous communities of the Ecuadorian Amazon by calling on Chevron – literally – to demand "enough's enough, time to pay up for a clean-up."
Please join our mass call-in to Chevron today!
Pick up the phone, call Chevron's California Headquarters, and tell them, "if Shell can do it in Nigeria, Chevron can do it in Ecuador."
- Call Chevron: 925-842-3232 (from outside the U.S., use country code +001)
- Tell the Chevron representative (or voicemail) that you've learned that Shell is taking responsibility for their pollution in Nigeria and you're calling to demand Chevron to do the same in Ecuador.
- Be polite. Ask your friends and family to join you in calling too. If possible, let us know what they say.
On International Day of the World's Indigenous People, we thank you for speaking out in support of our indigenous partners in Ecuador and beyond, and for all people in the Amazon fighting for a healthy and just planet.
Coordinator, Clean Up Ecuador Campaign
P.S. – Shell's acceptance of liability for two oil spills is a long way from justice for the people of the Niger Delta, who have suffered too long from the environmental devastation and human rights abuses accompanying oil production in their lands. Chevron is also a major operator in Nigeria, with its own abuses to account for. For more information on oil in the Niger Delta, including the findings of a new UN report, visit Environmental Rights Action (Friends of the Earth, Nigeria).