Greenpeace has been left in the awkward position of inadvertently distributing the photography of Alain Marfat-Renodier, a man who was involved in the 1985 bombing of the Rainbow Warrior in New Zealand. This situation comes about after it was revealed that one of Marfat’s photographs taken of a variety of animals around a Namibian watering hole was included in the not-for-profit organisation’s annual calendar (image credit: Stuff).
Whether it be fake press releases about donating polar bears or satirical websites or staged PR disasters, Greenpeace has gone to great lengths to try and stop Shell from drilling in the Arctic. And it managed to piss Shell off again recently after smuggling in two remote controlled banners—one featuring the words “Arctic Oil? Shell No!” and the other “Save the Arctic.org—to the Belgian grand prix, an event Shell sponsors.
Greenpeace got its hoax on last year with a fake website called Arctic Ready, which asked users to come up with their own Shell-related ads and aimed to draw attention to the company’s desire to drill for oil in the region. The best one, ‘You can’t run your SUV on cute. Let’s go’, was put on a massive billboard and erected outside Shell’s HQ in Houston. The organisation continues to fight against the proposed drilling and a ‘press release’ about Russian company Gazprom and Shell delivering a polar bear to Auckland Zoo that was sent to the media and published by stuff.co.nz seems to bear the mark of Greenpeace as well.