Vivienne Westwood calls on Shell to use its profits to clean up the Niger Delta
Later today Shell will announce their first quarter results. It is expected that they will reveal profits in the billions of pounds range. Yet the people of the Niger Delta continue to suffer as a direct result of the oil giant’s actions.
Amnesty International believes leaks and spills from Shell’s pipelines have devastated the livelihoods of millions of people in the region. Amnesty’s research has revealed that the fish they catch, the water they drink and the air they breathe have all been ruined by oil pollution.
It is a situation that has enraged iconic fashion designer Vivienne Westwood. She said:
"Shell make billions of pounds of profit each year. It is a profit that is being subsidised by the poverty and ill-health of the people of the Niger Delta.
“For decades Shell have ignored repeated calls to clean-up the mess they have left behind. A mess that they are responsible for. A mess that has blighted the livelihoods and health of thousands upon thousands of people.
“Shell need to get around the table and put a proper cost next to the liabilities they are responsible for and fund new structures to ensure the life and health of the people of the Niger Delta are protected once and for all."
Amnesty International is calling on people to sign their e-petition to Shell’s Chief Executive Peter Voser. Sign the petition now