Protest against Exxon expands across the globe

Feature story - 22 April, 2002
Esso/Exxon Mobil, the world's biggest oil company, will be the target of a week of global protests in May, Greenpeace said today.

Greenpeace volunteers in UK block Esso tankers from entering fuel depot.

The protests are sparked by Exxon's continuing and blatant manipulation of US and international climate change policy.

Earlier this month a memo to the White House from ExxonMobil was leaked to a US environment group. In the memo ExxonMobil asked if the US could remove the chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Dr. Robert Watson. The elections were held in Geneva on Friday, and Dr. Watson was defeated after heavy lobbying by the US.

Exxon is marketed as Mobil, Exxon-Mobil and Esso in different parts of the world. For the past year a coalition of environmental groups, under the banner StopEsso, has led a successful boycott against the oil company in the United Kingdom.

"Greenpeace is calling for a global week of action in May, to protest against Exxon's outrageous behaviour," said Tunmore. "Customers have a right to know about the role this company is playing in undermining climate protection. They can then choose not to buy from Exxon, or make their protest via other means. Either way, they can join the expanding global campaign against this corporate climate villain."

The global Stop Exxon week will be held from May 12 to 18.

Visit the StopEsso website