Target: Chevron CEO John Watson
Goal: Recognize the victims and protesters of Chevron’s environmental and human rights abuses on “AntiChevron Day”
Multinational oil giant Chevron has a long history of environmental and human rights abuses, but it seems to be reluctant to take accountability for the havoc it has wrought. This can be seen in its stubborn refusal to pay an Ecuadorian court ordered judgment of $9.5 billion in a contamination case that has currently been called into question due to allegations of corrupt practices said by Chevron to have been perpetrated by the U.S. lawyer who brought and argued the case before an Ecuadorian court.
Nonetheless, community leaders from five countries, including representatives of indigenous groups from Ecuador, have put out a call to all who are concerned about the need to rein in Big Oil and bring in responsible operating practices. Ecuador, Argentina, Nigeria, Romania and, yes, the U.S. will all participate in AntiChevron Day, scheduled for May 21, shortly before Chevron’s annual meeting, which has been relocated to a remote Texas location to thwart protesters, many of whom are expected to be Chevron shareholders themselves – thoroughly dissatisfied with the company’s shameful practices.
Even if you can’t make it out to one of the many demonstrations planned around the world, by signing this petition you send a message that the victimized communities are supported by people like you who care, and that even though Chevron’s main product is a material that our economy can’t do without, it doesn’t mean that consumers will turn a blind eye on corporations that run roughshod over defenseless people and an environment that can’t refuse what irresponsible people introduce into it.
Dear Mr. John Watson,
Surely you must be aware that the “AntiChevron Day” is planned to take place shortly before your annual meeting this year, with global participation by communities that feel wronged by actions of Chevron and Texaco. Did you ever wonder why good, hardworking honest people would feel the need to have their voices heard in protests against a corporation that has tried to put on a good face to the world?
If you’ve already got a face pockmarked with the ugly results that come from neglecting the responsibilities inherent to any potentially damaging activities such as recovering oil deposits, wherever they may be, then no amount of greenwashing can dampen the rising tide of discontent – even within the ranks of your own shareholders.
Please pay heed to the signals that are coming your way, and maybe Chevron can rise to become the kind of corporation that inspires admiration for its dedication to preserving human rights and the environment, and not be seen as a destroyer.
[Your Name Here]
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