Posted by jamie — 1 July 2014 at 2:49pm
The news of LEGO's cosy relationship with Shell has led to tiny protests erupting around the country - nay, the world. Famous national and international landmarks have been festooned with banners as the streets resounded the stamp of little plastic feet. What a day it's been.
Lego has a longstanding relationship with Shell, with plans
to renew its deal later this year.
Shell wants to drill for oil in the Arctic. The only reason
they’re able to do this is because the Arctic ice is melting because of climate
change. Something that oil companies are responsible for. Scientists say that
it’s extremely risky to drill in the Arctic and any oil spill in those freezing
conditions would be impossible to clean up.
Imagine you’re eight years old and picture the Arctic. There are no oil rigs, no
industrial shipping and no politicians fighting over it.
It’s just an endless sparkling expanse of sea and ice, populated by brave scientific
explorers, magical animals and Indigenous Peoples who have called the far north
home for millennia. An enchanted place to explore, create stories and let your imagination run free.
There is a fairly good
chance this is the first time you've heard about Bear Island. Don’t be
alarmed. First time I heard about the island was less than two years ago. So
why do I need to know about Bear Island, you might think?
Shell's arctic drill ship, the Kulluk, run aground off the coast of Alaska
A little over ten years ago, Shell decided to invest in a major new project - drilling in the melting Arctic ocean off the Alaskan coast. At the time, oil prices were rocketing upwards and the world's demand for oil seemed to be rising inexorably. Shell believed it could bring modern technology to bear on one of the most hostile environments on the planet, and walk away with some of the estimated 90bn barrels of oil that experts believe exist in the Arctic.