Brussels/Copenhagen, 2 November -
Business attempts to undermine a strong and just global agreement on
climate change are being put under the spotlight in the countdown to United
Nations negotiations in Copenhagen with a special award, jointly organised by
Corporate Europe Observatory, Friends of the Earth International, Focus on the
Global South, Attac and Spinwatch.
The Angry Mermaid Award - named after the
iconic Copenhagen mermaid who is angry about the destruction being caused by
climate change - will be decided by a public vote.
Candidates for the Angry Mermaid are
corporations, major polluters and lobby groups which have been nominated
because of their track record of lobbying to prevent effective action to tackle
climate change, either by blocking positive solutions or promoting false
solutions to tackling the problem.
A shortlist of candidates will be
revealed online on Monday November 16 when voting opens. The winner of the
Angry Mermaid will be announced at a ceremony in Copenhagen during the climate
talks on December 15.
Nina Holland from Corporate Europe Observatory, one of
the Angry Mermaid Award organisers, said: “Anyone monitoring the
progress of negotiations on a global climate agreement will be aware of the
incredible levels of destructive corporate lobbying going on, internationally,
but also possibly even more forcefully at the regional and national level.
“The Angry Mermaid Award exposes some of the worst
corporate culprits. Millions of people are calling for strong and just action
against climate change. Now they can vote to expose the worst of the worst at angrymermaid.org”
Candidates have been sought from
individuals and organisations working on climate change who were invited to put
forward evidence of the lobbying activities of individual companies or industry
groups. The shortlist will be selected by the award organisers on the basis of
the evidence found.
For more information see www.angrymermaid.org