LEGO Mini-Humans protest against Shell
Alright, this isn’t exactly political art like the stuff in our other articles, but it’s important.
Move your mouse over the red dots on the image above and you’ll see multimedia previews appear over them. Click on the links for more info.
Shell and other oil companies want to drill for oil in the Arctic. They are trying to extract 90 billion barrels of oil, which would last only three years until it’s used up. In other words, they want to risk the destruction of the Arctic for short-sighted profit.
Drilling in the Arctic is dangerously complicated: icebergs have to be dragged away and enormous amounts of hot water used to melt floating ice. According to Greenpeace: “If we let them do this, a catastrophic oil spill is just a matter of time.”
The oil companies trying to drill already have bad environmental records. To go along with that, Shell has a really nasty human rights record, too.
As we wrote earlier, Shell was sued for their alleged involvement in the executions of nine activists as well as torture, crimes against humanity and a long list of human rights abuses. The court case was settled with Shell paying 15 Million dollars, thereby stopping further evidence from becoming public.
According to The Independent, one of the key witnesses due to appear „testified to standing guard as victims were raped and tortured while Lt-Col Okuntimo was in command. Asked if he ever saw his commander receive money from Shell, he said he witnessed it on two occasions.“
Environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other innocent people were hanged. Shell continued working with the military dictatorship and later admitted paying the Nigerian dictatorship on at least two occasions.
After all this, Shell is trying to use LEGO to clean up its image. Most successful protest campaigns are precise and targeted, that’s why Greenpeace is pressuring LEGO to cut ties with Shell (which would pressure Shell even more), instead of vaguely criticizing all oil companies. If you want to support this campaign, you can sign the petition here.