The 2015 edition of the Pinocchio Awards is focused on the issue of Climate Change, due to the importance this year of the 21st UN Summit on the same topic. The Pinocchio Awards denounce the corporations that cause most damage to the environment and community rights and hold a “green discourse” about their actions.
This year, 9 companies are nominated, divided in three categories: lobbying, greenwashing and local impacts on communities. You can vote through December 2nd here: http://www.premios-pinocho.org
The Awards are organized by Friends of the Earth France, in collaboration with the Research and Information Center for Development (CRID) and Peuples Solidaires-Action Aid France
US oil company Chevron, French energy company EDF and bank BNP-Paribas, also from France, were awarded on Thursday with the “Pinocchio Climate Awards” that “recognized” the role of companies that cause serious socio-environmental impacts in different parts of the world and undermine climate policies. Watch video
The Pinocchio Awards are only 2 days away, in which a winner will be chosen in each category of greenwashing, lobbying, and local impacts. Radio Mundo Real has interviewed Malika Peyraut, from Friends of the Earth in France to discuss the corporate giant, Engie, who has been nominated for a greenwashing Pinocchio Award. Read more
This year’s international climate talks (COP21) in Paris appear to be sponsored by the same perpetrators guilty of hindering real solutions to climate change. The French electricity company, EDF, has been nominated for the Pinocchio Awards under the category ‘greenwashing.’ The company claims their electricity mix is carbon free and they are presenting themselves as ‘the official partner of a low-carbon world.’ Read more
With the Pinocchio Climate Awards approaching, the heat is on to pick this year’s winner in each category of green washing, lobbying, and local impacts. Focusing on the latter, one company appears to be substantially destructive of lives and the climate. BNP Paribas has been nominated due to their involvement as one of the top international banks supporting the expansion of the coal sector by contributing to a whopping 15.6 billion euro to mining and coal-fired power plants. Read more
This year’s Pinocchio Awards are set out to expose the corporations guiltiest of undermining climate action. Focusing on climate change and food sovereignty, one corporation particularly stands out. Yara, the Norwegian global leader in synthetic fertilisers made this year’s Pinocchio nominee under the category ‘greenwashing.’ According to Audrey Arjoune from Peuples Solidaires and ActionAid France, Yara has been chosen as a Pinocchio Award candidate due to their use of the Global Alliance for ‘climate-smart agriculture’ (GACSA) in an attempt to market their synthetic fertilisers as part of a (green) solution, rather than admitting that it is a major driver of climate change. Read more
Socio-environmental disasters caused by different gas and oil transnational corporations in 1980s in Ogoniland, in the Niger Delta, Nigeria, were the focus of concern for writer and journalist Ken Saro-Wiwa and led him to become involved in the resistance of this people and become a leader for the movement in defense of these lands. Read more
“As women, we are the ones who maintain hope. And I think that while we do this, we need to encourage many other women and tell them to dare to go out, to raise their voices, to avoid being afraid to speak. (…) Women have been told to be afraid within our social and cultural circles. (…) We are covered by a blanket of fear, but we need to move forward with a blanket of hope”, said Jakeline Romero Epiayu.
The European Union (EU) made clear this Friday in Geneva that it is ready to block the advance of the negotiations at the United Nations for a binding treaty on transnational corporations and human rights violations.
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