Three out of the four main corporate sponsors of the environmental group 10:10, who thought the idea of blowing children to bits hilarious, have requested their logos be removed from the fanatics’ website after pressure from both sides of the Atlantic.
Kyocera Mita, Eaga and Sony are no longer listed as sponsors. Good for them. At the time of writing, O2 is still listed. Looks like another name to add to my increasing boycott list!
I emailed all four companies and received replies from two: Kyocera Mita and Eaga. Eaga’s brief statement was not much better than 10:10’s “apology,” however, I had a pleasant exchange of emails with Kyocera’s Director of Brand and Reputation, Tracey Rawling Church. She assured me that we are taking this issue extremely seriously. A formal statement will be issued in due course. She says she spent most of the weekend making sure that everybody received a prompt and personal reply, so there must have been a major public outcry. We need a lot more of that.
A quick study showed that Kyocera has genuine environmental concerns. They have been working with 10:10 for the past year, even though it has been a registered charity for less than two and a half months.
10:10 issued a statement from director Eugenie Harvey yesterday, which begins,
As you may have heard, last week, 10:10 made a mistake by releasing a short film about cutting carbon which was supposed to be humourous but in the event upset a lot of people. We quickly realised that we had made a serious mistake and took it down from our website within hours.
They quickly realised only after a flood of complaints! Of the dozens of people involved in making this violent film, you would have thought the penny would have dropped a bit sooner, like while they were reading Richard Curtis’ script.
Ms Harvey ends her grovelling statement by promising to catch up on all her emails. Pity, then, that over 700 comments from the weekend have been deleted from underneath their original “apology”. I am glad I saved a few two posts ago.
Steve Milloy of America’s Green Hell Blog (How Environmentalists Plan to Control Your Life and What You Can Do to Stop Them) also emailed Sony and Kyocera.
In addition to Sony and Kyocera leaving 10:10, Caterpillar, ConocoPhillips, Deere & Co., Xerox and Marsh & McClennan have abandoned the U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP).
Is corporate support for the green agenda melting faster than the Arctic ice cap?
I hope not. The last time I read about the Arctic ice cap, it was growing.
Hopefully this handy faux-pas has put these bloodthirsty earth-worshippers further back into their boxes marked, “Danger: do not open”.
I think almost all of us want to live in a clean, green world, but these people are watermelons: green on the outside and red on the inside. Their obsession with the trace gas carbon dioxide (plant food) probably takes their attention away from hundreds of other environmental issues which really could use their (measured) attention.
(Photo borrowed from here.)