Standing watch over its harbor is the iconic symbol of Copenhagen – the Little Mermaid. Soon she will greet the international community coming to Copenhagen as her town hosts the COP15 climate summit early next month. She takes her role as host to the world seriously, but there are some that are coming to her home that make her angry. It is the thousands of lobbyist and Big Business representatives planning to come to the climate conference that have no interest in dealing with the problem and instead seek ways to hobble progress in order to pursue short-term profit over long-term sustainability.
Because of those people, the Little Mermaid has become the Angry Mermaid. And to help expose those groups, businesses, and lobbyists who work tirelessly to block progress, she has established an award, the Angry Mermaid Award, asking anyone interested to vote for the company or organization that has done the most to sabotage effective action on climate change.
The Angry Mermaid Award was created through cooperation from five organizations, including Attack Denmark, Corporate Europe Observatory, Focus on the Global South, Friends of the Earth International, and Spinwatch.
The group considered the most egregious offenders and came up with a short list of eight companies and lobby groups eligible to receive the Angry Mermaid award:
- American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE)
- American Petroleum Institute (API)
- European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC)
- International Air Transport Association (IATA)
- International Emissions Trading Association (IETA)
- Monsanto and the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS)
- Royal Dutch Shell
And the winner is…
That is up to you! Help decide which of these lobby groups and companies have done the most to sabotage climate action by taking a few moments to vote. Voting is open until December 13 and the winner will be announced in the Little Mermaid’s home, Copenhagen, on December 15. Which one did I vote for? Here’s a hint.