Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Amnesty Campaign Google Map

Protect the Human

AmnestyUK are currently running a campaign called Make Shell Come Clean. The campaign's aim is to get Shell to clean up the decades of pollution they have been responsible for in the Niger Delta.

There have been 5,000 major oil spills in the Delta in the last five years. If you want to know more about the effect of this pollution on the lives of those who live there, Lars Johansson has made an excellent documentary about the subject (below) called Poison Fire.

AmnestyUK's campaign aims to target Shell on Google Maps, turning Shell stations into ‘hell stations’ to publicly highlight the damage Shell is doing in the Niger Delta. The idea is for individuals to take photographs of Shell's gas stations with the 's' in Shell's name obscured and then post the photographs to a Google Map.

The campaign isn't quite working as planned. Although a lot of people have already added their names to the map, at the moment there seems to be only one uploaded photograph. I guess Amnesty would argue that the names added to the map, although not the asked for photographs, clearly show people's support for their campaign.

Via: Mapperz


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