We, the undersigned, believe that we should enjoy sport, the arts and culture without oil sponsorship. For a small price, BP and other oil companies sponsor events like the Commonwealth Games and the Olympics in order to appear generous, socially responsible and “green” – when nothing could be further from the truth! Climate change is one of the biggest threats we face – it’s time to stop the foul play and expose BP’s greenwash. We call on you to end your relationship with BP after these games and refuse them the role of ‘corporate partners’ for all future events.
Why is this important?
BP is an official partner of this year’s Glasgow Commonwealth Games. For a small contribution, BP paint themselves as generous, socially responsible and “green” – when nothing could be further from the truth.
– BP will ‘donate a tree’ for each participant in its carbon offsetting scheme, but the amount of CO2 they will absorb is almost nothing when compared to BP’s emissions worldwide.
– BP have set up a ‘Young Leaders’ scheme but it is young people who will have to deal with their legacy of runaway climate change and oil spills.
– The US has brought in sanctions against the Russian-owned oil company, Rosneft, but BP have clung to its 19.75% share in the company.
– BP have nestled its brand alongside our elite athletes in order to keep their toxic legacy in the Gulf of Mexico and attempts to drill in the Arctic out of people’s minds.
It’s time to stop the greenwash and deny BP the role of ‘corporate partner’ at all future sporting events!