Monday, 19 June 2017

A call to name mega iceberg #ExxonKnew - sign petition

A new mega iceberg the size of the US state of Deleware is soon to break off the Antarctic. Since Exxon knew about this decades ago, there are now calls for the Larson C iceberg to be renamed #Exxonknew.

From the 350.0rg email:

In 1962 Humble Energy, a division of the company that would go on to be known as Exxon, ran a full page ad in Life Magazine bragging about their ability to melt glaciers. They say that time makes fools of us all, but Exxon was more than foolish, they were criminally reckless.

What Exxon didn’t tell anyone was that only a few years after running that ad, their scientists warned the company’s executives that CO2 emissions from burning fossil fuels really was melting glaciers, and that it they kept burning fossil fuels that would lead to devastating consequences.

 And their scientists were right. As I write this, one of the largest ice shelves in Antarctica is at breaking point. A giant rift has been rapidly developing in the Larsen Ice Shelf for years, threatening to split the shelf in two.

 The speed of the crack has increased dramatically in the past few months and scientists are expecting that any day now an iceberg twice the size of Samoa, the size of Delaware, will calve off and collapse into the ocean, in one of the most dramatic displays of the destruction Exxon and their peers in the fossil fuel industry have unleashed upon the planet. This collapse of sea-ice was created by Exxon’s climate denial; it should be named after it too.