Today I received an email from Friends of the Earth, urging me to write to the EU and tell them to introduce legislation to prevent the sale of illegally logged timber. All good stuff, and I urge everyone to go to
and tell them what you think about this serious issue. In the same email, there was a small byline article saying:
Any good with a camera? Submit a photo to the Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
The link takes you to a page on the FoE web site which calls upon anyone who can hold a camera to help expose Shell by submitting a photo to the competition in the category “The world in our hands”. This category apparently includes images about our impact on the natural environment. The photo should ideally be about Shell’s or the oil and gas industry’s impact on the environment.
All very nice so far. Unfortunately, there is no such category in the 2007 competition, although there was last year. They also fail to mention that entry to the competition costs £20, with no indication of where that money goes. No mention either of whether the aim of their campaign is to come up with a winning entry that shows Shell in the worst possible light, or just to flood the judges with a skip load of fuzzy snaps of oil slicks and Shell petrol stations by moonlight. Perhaps we’re all supposed to jet off to Alaska or Nigeria to take pix of dirty snow and burning swamps.
Typical FoE, heart in the right place, head up their arse.