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Climate changing Secret VHS Tape
Shell Oil Company released a VHS tape which depicted accurately about the climate change. The film in 1991 consisted of the warning by a consensus of many scientists about the fossil fuels burning effects, rising sea level, droughts, scarcity of food, weather extremes, and many other climate change effects.
The oil giant has spent millions of dollars providing concerns of climate change to many schools and universities along with funding climate science campaigns. Shell have been aggressively developing resources of extreme energy like tar sands and Arctic oil deposits.
Shell had been aware of the greenhouse effect and global warming risks since 1979
The length of the film was just 28 minutes by Jelmer Mommers, the Dutch journalist of The Correspondent, consisting the exact understanding of damage on the climate caused by Shell’s products. The film warned that the fossil fuel burning had an alarming rate of effects on climate change. The change could results in severe dislocation to life on earth.
The film was helped by Professor Tom Wigley, a former member of Climate Research Unit at University of East Anglia, who told the Guardian that it was one of the most relevant films on climate till now.
The film seeks urgent actions from international cooperation to act on the climate change to prevent it from deteriorating.
There are many organizations throughout the world that have negative effects of their product on climate change and the film hopes to act as a stimulus to gather global technical and economic cooperation on the perspective of climate change.
Shell had been aware of the greenhouse effect and global warming risks before the release of the video and had been secretly sharing its climate research from 1979. It had also been planning for sustainable business reducing the effects of its products on climate change creating its designs for offshore oil rigs by 1989. Thanks to the assessment report that arrived in 1990 conducted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the findings could be revealed to the whole world.
Shell has been lobbying for prompt actions against climate change issues with its coalition with the research on the subject and the release of the video. It has been increasing its effort to create mitigating strategies to combat this issue.
InfluenceMap depicts annual spending of about $22 million from Shell for policies regarding cutting carbon emissions from fossil fuel with advertisement expenses of about $ 3 million and PR expenses of another $ 4 million in direct campaigns.
But dire to this fact, Shell has been ignoring its own advice and extracting oil to the maximum capacity.