The BP BirthPlace Forest program plants a forest each year to represent Calgary’s newborns.
Tomorrow, the City of Calgary celebrates the opening of the ninth BP (yep, BP Oil) 'Birthplace Forest' in Calgary. The invitation reads:
"Thank you for supporting Calgary’s BP BirthPlace Forest and for teaching your children about the importance of taking care of the environment through this living legacy."
This is grotesque "greenwashing." I hardly think Calgarians need a company like BP to mentor them in educating their children about environmental responsibility. The City of Calgary needs to critically consider the motives of its partners.
We need to become more conscious and critical of the propaganda of oil companies and their efforts to paint themselves as "green." It's laughable and tragic when a corporation like BP can lay claim to "the largest ‘greening’ initiative in the city of Calgary."