Thursday, March 4, 2010

Chevron vs Ecuador

Yesterday in class a group of students presented on the Chevron vs Ecuador case. First of all, I had no idea that Chevron was ruining the land and destroying the lives of so many Ecuadorian people just so that Americans can get their fuel. It disturbers me and hurts me that we live in a country that just takes from others and destroys the lives of many just to improve the convenience of our everyday lives. And in the mean time, Chevron has promoted their "will you join us" campaign portraying that they do care for and value the environment and want everyone else to join in and save energy. What a load of bull crap! How can a company stand up and pledge themselves as environmental "do gooders" when they just finished dumping more than 18 billion gallons of toxic waste into Ecuador's land.

Transparency. Before Chevron starts a campaign encouraging the American public to join them in making greener choices, they need to completely clean up the mess they made. Were they just thinking that no one would hear about this Ecuador problem? Did they think if they kept avoiding the true messes they are making and start a campaign claiming that they are making positive environmental changes everyone would see through it and LOVE that an oil company is being green? Well people are seeing through it and its about time. Chevron should be making greener, environmentally friendly choices. They should do it without a campaign shining the light on their greatness. They need to go great positive things and clean up their messes before they start claiming and screaming out loud that they are a great green company.

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