No Texaco. WE Won't Keep It Quiet
You want children and sports clubs across Ireland
to wipe away the stains
of your appalling human rights record
across the world
It’s the kind of publicity money can’t buy. So much so that Texaco claim that Texaco Children’s Art Competition can no longer be viewed simply as a commercial sponsorship.
Now in its 69th year, the first competition was held in 1955. It’s motto: ‘Keep it Quiet’. Keep it quiet. Indeed.
Texaco offering a wonderful childhood experience. Indeed.
The video TEXACO don’t want us to see!
What the Fossil Fuel Industry Doesn’t Want You To Know | Al Gore | TED – JULY 2023.
NO Texaco WE WON'T KEEP IT QUIET!
We are in a climate crisis that is leading to a global human rights crisis of unprecedented proportions. Many communities on the front line of the climate crisis, particularly those in Africa, Asia and Latin America, are already facing the devastating consequences of more frequent and intense droughts, floods, cyclones and rising sea levels, which have also now reached Europe.
Analysis by the Climate Accountability Institute published by the Guardian newspaper has identified the top 20 most carbon dioxide polluting fossil fuel companies – those whose products have contributed the most emissions on a cumulative basis since 1965.
At the very top is Saudi Aramco (4.38% of the global total), followed by Chevron the owners of Texaco
- Texaco Dumped 18.5 BILLION gallons of cancer-causing toxic oil waste in community-forests in Ecuador
- Texaco Caused a cancer epidemic that has maimed and killed thousands of indigeneous people
- Texaco Fled Ecuador after a court found them guilty of environmental crimes
- Texaco Refused to pay the court-ordered compensation and cleanup after the devastating pollution they caused
-Texaco Demonised human-rights defender Steven Donziger as a means of scareing and silencing other environmental and human-rights defenders
-Texaco Paid MILLIONS of dollars to a corrupt US Judge to put Steven Donziger under house arrest and behind bars where he was unlawfully held for almost 900 days
It is our belief that
Texaco Used School teachers and children in Ireland for decades to clean up their image through children's art. And now they want to use cash-strapped sports clubs around Ireland to do likewise
“We seem trapped in a world where fossil fuel producers and financiers have humanity by the throat. For decades, the fossil fuel industry has invested heavily in pseudoscience and public relations – with a false narrative to minimise their responsibility for climate change and undermine ambitious climate policies.
“They exploited precisely the same scandalous tactics as big tobacco decades before. Like tobacco interests, fossil fuel interests and their financial accomplices must not escape responsibility.”
In the face of their inexcusable and catastrophic impact on the planet, fossil fuel companies like Chevron-Texaco are desperate for a ‘social license’ to operate. In Ireland they hope to boost that license by coughing up €130,000 – peanuts to them. Irish sports, famous the world over, are better than that. Please don’t take their tainted money.
I appreciate the great humanitarian work Donnaca O’Callaghan does on behalf of UNICEF Ireland, but I urgently ask him to withdraw from any association with Texaco, a company with an appalling human rights record around the world. Mr. O’Callaghan, don’t allow Texaco to use you and local Irish sports programs to clean up their image.
Irish sports clubs need to understand that Texaco’s offer of support is intended to greenwash its reputation as a serial polluter and major contributor to global warming. After it was held accountable in court by the communities it devastated, Chevron refused to pay the $9.5 billion judgment and threatened the Indigenous peoples with a ‘lifetime of litigation’ unless they dropped the case.