Shell consultant quits

A safety consultant for Shell has resigned, citing failures at the board level in protecting the climate.

In a post on LinkedIn, Caroline Dennett said the company currently has "disregard for climate change risks".

Ending her 11-year relationship as a safety consultant with Shell, Dennett said in the post: “I've surveyed thousands of Shell employees and contractors around the world to help keep the 'oil in the pipe' and prevent harm to people. I hope through this work I've helped avoid accidents and spills. But Shell’s disregard for climate change risks means they are completely failing on their Goal Zero safety ambition to “do no harm”.

She goes on to accuse the company of knowingly “causing extreme harms, to our climate, environment, nature and to people”.

Shell, along with other oil majors, faces a difficult balancing act between reaping enough revenue from existing fossil fuel extraction to fund renewables development and making more immediate impacts to saving the environment. However, it is a sign of how the social pressures are increasing that Dennett has spoken out and so far, acquired 14,000 ‘likes’ in 3 days and received coverage in the media including the BBC.

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