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Black Planet for BP - ethecon Foundation to bestow censure award

On Thursday, April 14, representatives of the ethecon - Foundation Ethics & Economics will present the International ethecon Black Planet Award 2010 to the BP company. The bestowal will occur in London during the first BP shareholders meeting since the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. With the bestowal of its censure prize shortly before the first anniversary of the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, ethecon aims to focus attention on BP's responsibility for this catastrophe.

On the initiative of ethecon and in cooperation with the Gulf Coast Fund, several affected fishermen from the Gulf region will also take part in the shareholders meeting and appear at an information session on the evening of April 12. Also present will be the American environmental activist and ethecon Blue Planet Award winner Diane Wilson, who on the grounds of her protests against BP and the oil spill, received a suspended prison sentence of two and a half years last August.

The press is heartily invited to attend the information session, which will be hosted by ethecon, the UK Tar Sands Network, Greenpeace and other British and Canadian environmental organisations. There will be opportunity for interviews with ethecon board director Axel Köhler-Schnura, Blue Planet award winner Diane Wilson and fishermen Tracy Kuhns, Mike Roberts and Byron Encalade.

Since 2006 „ethecon - Foundation Ethics & Economics“ confers two international awards annually. A positive prize, the „Blue Planet Award“, honours outstanding efforts to maintain and save the „Blue Planet“. Its negative counterpart, the „Black Planet Award“, exposes and condemns actions responsible for the ruin and destruction of the „Blue Planet“. With its positive prize ethecon honoured in past years Diane Wilson/USA (2006), Vandana Shiva/India(2007), José Abreu und Hugo Chávez/Venezuela (2008), Uri Avnery/Israel (2009) as well as Elias Bierdel/Austria (2010). The censure award went to the owners, shareholders and executive management of the following companies: Monsanto/USA (2006), Nestlé/Switzerland(2007), Blackwater (Xe)/USA (2008), Formosa Plastics Group/Taiwan (2009) and BP/Great Britain (2010).

In contrast to many corporate, family, church, political and state foundations, ethecon is one of the few foundations empowered by ordinary citizens. There are currently 19 endowment contributors. Following the credo „for a world without exploitation and oppression“, it see its mission in its responsibility toward coming generations. The young foundation is financed through endowment contributions, donations and sustaining memberships.

April 14: BP AGM: ExCeL conference centre, Royal Victoria Dock, London, 11:30 a.m. local time
April 12: High profile event: Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, 7:00 p.m. local time

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