Target: John Watson, CEO Chevron
Goal: Enforce environmentally conscious practices in oil company
Since polluting the Ecuadorian rainforest, oil company Chevron has refused to pay for any of the damages. A US court recently ruled that Chevron would not have to pay on the grounds that Stephen Donzinger, the lawyer representing the farmers, engaged in corruption. Chevron must begin taking responsibility for the havoc they have caused, regardless of legal issues.
Farmers in Ecuador have been working to remove pools of thick oil from the local rainforest. They sued Chevron, claiming that toxic water had been dumped into the environment for decades. Chevron insisted that the waste was cleaned up, and that the remaining waste was created by the Ecuadorian oil company. After a battle lasting several years, Chevron is still not being held accountable.
Although the case is muddled by accusations and reports of fraud by both sides, the devastating fact remains. The Amazon was severely damaged, no one is being held responsible, and there are no measures being taken to prevent a reoccurring oil spill in the future.
Disasters like this put animals in danger and lower the quality of life for native people. They cab also destroy the livelihood of native workers, leaving them to clean up toxic messes alone. Demand that Chevron create a definitive plan for ending toxic waste dumps in the environment.
Dear John Watson,
Regardless of who is truly at fault for the oil spills in Ecuador, your company must take greater caution in preventing disasters in the future. There have been various oil spill controversies surrounding your company in various parts of the world. It is imperative that Chevron change its ways in order to restore some semblance of respect for the environment and other cultures.
The reputation of Chevron is at risk in light of these oil spills. Paying fines would be a partial reparation, but at times your company has not been forced to do that. There must be some degree of accountability, if not through fines and court rulings, then through some other method. Your company is free to pollute the earth in massive increments without ever having to worry about accountability. Something must change to prevent these controversies fro recurring in the future.
Please work to ensure that mechanisms are in place to prevent oil spills, and if oil spills occur, don’t leave native people to handle the clean up alone.
[Your Name Here]
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