Success: Company Stops Oil Search in National Park

Target: Ed Story, CEO of SOCO International; Carter Roberts, President and CEO, World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

Goal: To thank SOCO and WWF for working together to stop the oil search in endangered DR Congo national park

Several petitions have been written in support of getting SOCO, an international organization dedicated to searching for new sources of oil and national gas, out of Virunga National Park, which is one of the world’s oldest parks and home to 200 endangered mountain gorillas.

Well, good news! According to an article in BBC News, SOCO has joined forces with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in stopping all plans to do harmful exploratory oil searching at the park. SOCO plans on working together with WWF in order to devise a solution that will make use of the park’s abundant natural resources in a way that benefits both people and their environment.

This is a tremendous win not only for the hippos, endangered okapi, lions, elephants, and etc. that call this park home, but also for the more than 50,000 people who depend on the Lake Edward’s economy for drinking water, food, and jobs. Please sign the petition letter below to commend SOCO for putting the health of the Congolese citizens and the Earth first.


Dear Mr. Story and Mr. Roberts,

Thank you both for successfully collaborating together. It was no doubt difficult with your two companies having seemingly opposing motives, but you two along with your corporations have shown the world that compromise can be reached between two opposing parties.

However, the journey is not over. Together you two must now come together again in not just agreeing to stop something, but developing a solution that will benefit both the humans and non-humans in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In times where you both will no doubt be wondering how this will ever happen because your companies are both seemingly too different, remember that you two both come from a place of strong beliefs and morals. This will always be a common ground, and can help create empathy for the other side whilst communicating with one another.

Good luck with your future collaborations, and thank you for preserving the health of Virunga National Park.


[Your Name Here]

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