Despite the Good, the Bad and the Unfunny, Arctic Drilling Still the #WorstJoke We Know

by Cassady Craighill

March 3, 2015

We asked for them, and you delivered some really bad jokes for Greenpeaces #WorstJoke campaign. However, not one of the worst jokes submitted matches the remarkable unfunniness of Shells Arctic drilling plans. And believe me, we watched them all.

Since its launch last month, hundreds of wannabe comedians used Vine, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook to tell their corny jokes raising awareness about the absurdity of Shells Arctic drilling plans. Celebrities including Oscar-nominated Mark Ruffalo, Sinbad, Nikki Glaser, Vine sensation Chris Melberger, Lewis Black, Shalyah Evans, Michael Showalter, Amir Talai took part as well reaching millions more.

All jokes aside, Shell plans to drill in the Chukchi Sea in Alaska make no sense.The Obama administration released its final environmental impact analysis of the companys drilling plans last month, and reiterated its initial claim of a 75 percent chance of a spill more than 1000 barrels if Shell finds oil. Not only can the Arctic and the people that live there not afford a devastating oil spill, our global climate cannot afford to burn Arctic oil.

The #WorstJoke project will continue in the US in the run-up to Shells Arctic drilling window this summer.

Weve rounded up our favorite sad trombone moments from the #WorstJoke campaign. Comment below with your favorite or add your own using #worstjoke on Vine, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter!



Mark, Mark. Shaking my head.

Somebody get this budding star a contract!

An animated bad joke! We love it.

THIS is one whale of a joke.

And Greenpeace USA’s Executive Director really likes her joke.

Amir Talai delivers!

And this. Brought tears to our eyes.

The delivery of the joke from Shalyah Evans of MTV’s GirlCode was really on point.

You can still participate by sharing your worst joke, using the worst joke generator and signing the petition to President Obama demanding he cancel Shells Arctic drilling leases.

Cassady Craighill

By Cassady Craighill

Cassady is a media officer for Greenpeace USA based on the East Coast. She covers climate change and energy, particularly how both issues relate to the Trump administration.

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