Greenpeace recognized that Shell’s plans to continue drilling in the Arctic reflect a complete disregard for the current state of the environment. Last month, the earth experienced its warmest September on record. Additionally, a seemingly never-ending drought rages in California, the Great Lakes remained frozen into the summer, and new data reveals coastal cities are drowning from rising sea levels at the fastest pace ever. Yet Shell continues to capitalize on the dire condition of the environment.
LEGO isn’t the only company to recently distance itself from Big Oil. Microsoft, Google, and Facebook all announced an impending end to their involvement with the American Legislative Exchange Council, a lobbyist group funded by Koch that manufactures anti-climate change legislation. Even the Rockefeller Foundation is backing away from its ties to fossil fuels.
These companies should be commended for realizing that the tired ways of the major oil companies are no longer sustainable. In its current state, the Earth’s climate balances shakily upon a precipice, while legions of scientists, activists, and eco-conscious citizens do everything in their power to pull it back onto safe ground. Meanwhile, companies like Shell are content to reach out and topple it from the edge. Their work should be repudiated.