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Shell Plays the Villain Again, Slapping Greenpeace with a lawsuit

Posted by John Donovan: 30 November 2023

In an Oscar-worthy performance of environmental destruction, Shell, the notorious eco-villain, once again finds itself in the spotlight as Greenpeace activists, the caped crusaders of climate justice, stage a dramatic blockade. Picture this: a fleet of kayaks, more formidable than warships, halting the operations of Shell’s import terminal in Batangas City. It’s like a scene straight out of an eco-thriller, except the stakes are real, and the planet’s future hangs in the balance.

The Greenpeace team, not shy of a little theatrics, made their presence known at the two jetties with banners boldly declaring “Make Climate Polluters Pay.” It’s a simple message, yet so profound, it’s a wonder why it’s not already a universal mantra.

Enter the hero of our story, Naderev “Yeb” Saño, Greenpeace Southeast Asia’s executive director, leading the charge against Shell’s environmental tyranny. Saño, a man with a personal vendetta against climate change, having seen his hometown Tacloban ravaged by Super Typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan), stands as a beacon of hope. His words resonate with the millions who’ve suffered at the hands of climate change, “Companies like Shell are making billions of pesos from fossil fuel that drive the climate crisis while communities in countries like the Philippines pay the price.”

Meanwhile, in a twist that would make any movie villain proud, Shell decided to flex its legal muscles, slapping Greenpeace United Kingdom and Greenpeace International with an intimidation lawsuit. The demand? Stop protesting at its infrastructure or face a whopping $8.6 million in damages and an injunction. It’s a classic case of David versus Goliath, but in this story, David is armed with unwavering resolve and an unbreakable spirit.

Roselle Redelicia, a Filipino activist and newcomer to the protest scene, joined the ranks to fight for a future for her children. Her words echo the fears and frustrations of millions, “By continuing to destroy our climate, companies like Shell are robbing us of our dreams and aspirations, our chance at having a safe, dignified life — and I can no longer allow them to do this.”

As the world gears up for COP28, the United Nations climate change conference in Dubai, Greenpeace’s actions serve as a timely reminder of the ongoing battle for climate justice. From the Philippines to the global stage, the call is clear: it’s time for fossil fuel companies to pay for their environmental transgressions.

In the end, the Rainbow Warrior, Greenpeace’s iconic vessel, sails the seas, visiting climate survivor communities, and amplifying their demands for climate reparations. As it anchored in Tacloban City for the 10th anniversary of Super Typhoon Haiyan, it stood not just as a ship, but as a symbol of resilience, hope, and the unyielding fight against corporate giants like Shell.

Disclaimer: While we strive for accuracy in our portrayal of the infamous Shell and its actions, we welcome any corrections from the oil giant or other parties mentioned. After all, in a world where the environment’s future is at stake, getting the story right is not just important, it’s essential.

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