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date: Wed, 2 Oct 2002 18:25:22 +0100
from: The StopEsso Campaign <infoatXYZxyzpesso.com>
subject: StopEsso Campaign Update - October 2002
to: updateatXYZxyzpesso.com

STOPESSO CAMPAIGN UPDATE OCTOBER 2002

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WHAT'S IN THIS UPDATE?
THE BOYCOTT IS WORKING: POLL
ESSO LOSES MARKET SHARE
EXXONMOBIL'S NEW COMMUNICATIONS PROGRAMME
JOHANNESBURG - OIL, US AND OPECS
CANADA AND RUSSIA WILL RATIFY KYOTO
WHITE HOUSE GETS REPORT TO DROP CLIMATE
SUMMER PROTESTS
STUDENTS TAKE ACTION WITH PEOPLE & PLANET
FRIENDS OF THE EARTH DEMONISE ESSO


POLLING SHOWS THAT THE CAMPAIGN IS WORKING
In the last year, more than 1 million people - about a quarter of
Esso's UK customers - are now refusing to buy petrol from Esso.
This was revealed in polling by MORI for Greenpeace. Read the full
story at http://www.stopesso.com/campaign/00000066.php

ESSO LOSES MARKET SHARE
Esso has now been taken over by BP as the largest UK petrol retailer.
Stations are closing down everywhere. Please let us know if your
local station has closed by emailing infoatXYZxyzpesso.com with the
address and name of the station.

EXXONMOBIL'S NEW COMMUNICATIONS PROGRAMME
Exxon has launched a new ad campaign in the US, including a website
touting fuel cells that rely on petrol, and continued seismic
exploration for oil and gas drilling in the Arctic. It avoids any
mention of the real solutions to global warming, despite the
agreement of the international community that corporations must
take action to address the problem. It also totally ignores the
real energy challenge of the 21st Century - the transition to
renewable energy. Greenpeace in the US challenged Exxon on the
site. http://www.stopexxonmobil.org/static/2002_sept18.html

TAKE ACTION!
The new website, understanding-energy.com would be more aptly named
"misunderstanding energy.com" because of its exclusion of the major
new energy technology: renewable energy. Tell 'em what you think
at http://www.understanding-energy.com/contactus.html. Let us
know if you get any interesting replies.

JOHANNESBURG - OIL, US AND OPECS
The Earth Summit in Johannesburg failed spectacularly to address
the key issues of global warming and renewable energy. In the
lead-up to the summit, Friends of the Earth published a letter
sent to Bush by Exxon-funded "front groups", congratulating him
for staying away from Jo'burg and urging his negotiators to keep
climate "off the table and out of the spotlight". The groups
included the Competitive Enterprise Institute, heavily involved in
setting up the Global Climate Coalition. The CEI once said that
"Smoking tobacco is a civic duty" and that global warming is a
"theory not a fact." It got $280,000 from ExxonMobil last year.
from ExxonMobil last year. Yet Esso UK's Gordon Sawyer calls such
groups "respectable". http://www.stopesso.com/press/00000034.php
Read more about the CEI at http://www.prwatch.org/improp/cei.html

CANADA AND RUSSIA WILL RATIFY KYOTO
One of the few good things to come out of the Summit was that both
Russia and Canada announced they would ratify the Kyoto Protocol.
Once they have done this, the treaty will finally come into force,
more than ten years after the Climate Convention was signed, and
five years after the Kyoto negotiations themselves. This leaves
only the USA and Australia out in the cold.

WHITE HOUSE GETS REPORT TO DROP CLIMATE SECTION
"There's a complete paranoia about anything on climate, and everything
has to be reviewed widely," a US Environmental Protection Agency
official told the New York Times. Why? For the first time in six
years, the EPA's annual report on air pollution trends has no
section on global warming. http://www.stopesso.com/coverage/00000040.php

SUMMER PROTESTS
Hats off to all of you around the UK who've been out protesting at
Esso stations over the summer. On 1 September a crew of more than
40 people picketed 12 stations across Essex. Earlier in the summer,
a team in Southampton noticed a new station being built, and they
leafletted motorists on the opening day. In August, people targetted
four stations in Herefordshire, and there were other protests in
Aylesbury and Bridgwater. The Waveny Fair thought Esso sucked.
Also requiring mention are the Somerset lot, who've been active
all summer. Keep it up!

Greenpeace's festival work has gone down very well, with all sorts
of stars wearing our Esso Sucks T-shirts on stage, including Lamb
and Idlewild.

STUDENTS TAKE ACTION WITH PEOPLE & PLANET
If you're just starting university or already a student, look out
for People Planet at Freshers Fair stalls all around the country
as the new term kicks off. Sign up to take action at your university.
People & Planet is part of the StopEsso coalition and is a national
student network campaigning to end world poverty, defend human
rights and protect the environment. If you are a student and want
to get involved in campaigning at your university contact
lucy@peopleandplanet.org.

FRIENDS OF THE EARTH DEMONISE ESSO THIS HALLOWEEN
Friends of the Earth local groups are taking to the streets on 2
November. They'll be demonising Esso with Halloween protests in
high streets and Esso forecourts around the UK. The protests will
mark the close of the next round of international climate talks in
New Delhi, and will doubtless witness more blocking action by Esso
and the Bush administration. Details of your nearest FOE group
can be found at http://www.foe.co.uk/campaigns/local_groups_and_campaigns/

CAR STICKERS
Thanks to all of you who are helping us distribute car stickers.
Thousands of I DON'T BUY ESSO stickers are in the back of cars
across the UK as a result, helping us get the message to other
drivers. Order your free car sticker by emailing infoatXYZxyzpesso.com
or writing to FREEPOST LON 18448 London N1 2BR.

T-SHIRTS
You've also been ordering T-shirts so fast that we've run out.
More in next week so those of you waiting for orders should get
them soon. http://www.stopesso.com/tshirt.php. Every t-shirt you
buy supports the campaign, both financially and visibly.

TELL YOUR FRIENDS
Don't forget to tell your friends about stopesso.com. Get them to
go to http://www.stopesso.com and sign up. Forward this update
to them all.

LINK TO US
Got a website? Click here for groovy banners and ways to link to us
http://www.stopesso.com/linktous.php


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