Shell Consultant Resigns Due to Company Causing ‘Extreme Harm’ to Planet
Employee of 11 years resigns as Shell plans to expand fossil fuel extraction
Caroline Dennett, who has been a U.K.-based safety consultant for Shell for 11 years, resigned on Monday with a strongly worded email accusing the oil giant of “failing on a massive planetary scale” regarding its lack of action to reduce its impact on climate change.
But Shell’s disregard for climate change risks means they are completely failing on their Goal Zero safety ambition to “do no harm”.
Shell is fully aware that their continued oil & gas extraction and expansion projects are causing extreme harms, to our climate, environment, nature and to people.
I can no longer work for a company that ignores all the alarms and dismisses the risks of climate change and ecological collapse.
Because, contrary to Shell’s public expressions around Net Zero, they are not winding down on oil and gas, but planning to explore and extract much more.
I want Shell Execs and Management to look in the mirror and ask themselves if they really believe their vision for more oil & gas extraction secures a safe future for humanity.
We must end all new extraction projects immediately and rapidly transition away from fossil fuels, and towards clean renewable energy sources.
Taken from the Linked in page of Caroline Dennett
In 2021 the oil company announced its plans to accelerate its path to reduce oil production and decarbonize its products by 2050, which it refers to as its “net zero” strategy. Despite these promises, Shell’s financial plans included pouring $8 Billion dollars a year into oil exploration and gas pumping, in contrast to $2 to $3 Billion a year into renewables and hydrogen.
Mel Evans, head of Greenpeace UK’s oil campaign, said in a statement in 2021:
“Shell’s grotesque ‘customer first’ strategy seeks to blame customers first for climate change.
Meanwhile Shell, the powerful oil major, brazenly says it will dodge oil production cuts and will simply let output dwindle.”
Without commitments to reduce absolute emissions by making actual oil production cuts, this new strategy can’t succeed, nor can it be taken seriously.”
From the outside this looks like another big corporation making false promises to please the masses while continuing to focus solely on profit, ignoring any negative implications they may have on the world around them.