Texaco Greenwashing Crimal Acts of Environmental/Human Rights

The Issue:

Amazon Chernobyl

TEXACO destroyed peoples lives

Why?

Texaco knows that your sports club is cash-strapped. So the company wants to give Irish sports clubs €130,000 to spend through its ‘Texaco Support for Sport’ initiative, fronted by former rugby star and current Ambassadore/Board member of UNICEF Ireland Donnaca O’Callaghan. In return, Texaco hopes you will ‘like’ the company for its generosity.

Texaco knows that sport is a healthy lifestyle choice. Sport is about inclusiveness, community, and camaraderie. Sport is a happy, joyful, and healthful activity. Please don’t allow Texaco to taint your sports club with money that it owes to community groups in the Ecuadorian Amazon. The €130,000 Texaco is offering clubs across Ireland is a drop in the barrel compared to what the company owes the people of the Lago Agrio region of Ecuador, where courts found it dumped billions of gallons of toxic oil waste onto Indigenous ancestral lands. You can read more about how Chevron-Texaco destroyed the rainforests and its inhabitants in Ecuador here.

#GenerationRestoration

#TeamBurtProject 

We believe that the Texaco Sports Funding Project and the Texaco Children’s Art Competition  is a cynical ploy by one of the world’s largest fossil fuel corporations, in an attempt to greenwash their catastrophic human-rights abuses and destruction of the Amazon rainforest.

Tom Roche

Activist, craftsman, informal educator and founder of Just Forests

Please sign this petition to get Texaco out of Irish Sport and Children's Art

Sports-washing

The theory is simple. Sport is loved and played around the world, it is giant unifying force, and it’s also a multi-billion dollar industry. It is young, it is fashionable and it is aspirational from the skill and fitness of the athletes to the giant rewards on offer to those at the top.

By associating themselves with sport, leaders are seeking to position their country in line with that magic. They want to bask in reflected glory, and thus lighten their image – in Saudi Arabia’s case, they want the country to be associated with elite sporting events to change the global perception of a murderous and brutal regime.

Grant Liberty Report

Item For Irish Development Education Association (IDEA) AGM 2021

We are now requesting that this matter be added to the Irish Development Education Association (IDEA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) scheduled for Wednesday 9th June, 9-30am – 12.00pm via ZOOM.

This is a major conflict of interest for UNICEF Ireland and seriously undermines development education in Ireland.

Wednesday 2nd June, 2021

Dear Friends,

Some of you will know by now that Just Forests raised an issue in January 2021, regarding the Texaco Sports Funding Project and the link to UNICEF Ireland’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). We find it totally unacceptable that a national charity tasked with improving the lives of children around the world does not see the obvious conflict of interest of their ambassador and board member Donncha O’Callaghan as he acts as frontman for a notoriously irresponsible fossil fuel company through the Texaco Sports Funding Project

UNICEF’s Ambassador, Donncha, is sending out a wrong message by acting as frontman for a fossil fuel company and needs to be informed. We raised this matter with Mr Peter Power, CEO of UNICEF Ireland last January. Mr Power was very unreceptive and dismissed our concerns, stating (via his communications officer) “UNICEF does not comment on work carried out by ambassadors in their professional capacity”. We believe that the Texaco Sports Funding Initiative is a cynical ploy by one of the world’s largest fossil fuel corporations, in an attempt to greenwash their catastrophic human-rights abuses and destruction of the environment.

This is not a blatant conflict of interest on behalf of Donncha O’Callaghan and UNICEF Ireland? UNICEF Ireland thinks it’s okay if a UNICEF Ambassador and Board Member – if he or she is famous enough, can do whatever suits them and remain a UNICEF Ambassador? They can serve any corporation who, by their actions, is harming children all over the world? This is not a conflict for UNICEF Ireland?

This issue goes right to the heart of development education (DE) in Ireland. Why? First of all, it seriously undermines the decades of trojan work by Irish development educators as they try to bring a message of sustainable development to people across Ireland. Chevron-Texaco has hurt children in Ecuador, Nigeria, Cameroon, and elsewhere around the world. Chevron-Texaco has refused to help those children it harmed, even when ordered to do so by a court in Ecuador, a court that Chevron-Texaco chose for the 30,000 victim class action lawsuit over the damage and harm they did.  A UNICEF Ambassadore, and Board member, if they are famous enough, can support Chevron-Texaco which caused birth defects for hundreds of children in Ecuador’s Amazon basin and proven by overwhelming evidence in a court of law that Chevron -Texaco chose. That’s okay with UNICEF Ireland? A UNICEF Ireland ambassador can support Chevron-Texaco which paid and transported paramilitary thugs to burn down villages, murder and torture citizens in Nigeria? That’s fine with UNICEF Ireland?

Well, we think it’s way past time that DOCHAS and IDEA members step up to the plate and condemn this arrogant and blatant display of double standards by UNICEF Ireland. 

We are now requesting that this matter be added to the Irish Development Education Association (IDEA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) scheduled for Wednesday 9th June, 9-30am – 12.00pm via ZOOM. 

You can read a more detailed article on this matter at this link

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Looking forward to seeing you on the 9th.

Kind Regards,

Tom