More than 10,000 people are calling for the Larsen C Iceberg to be renamed the #ExxonKnew Iceberg.
The iceberg, expected to break from the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica, demonstrates the signs of a rapidly warming climate.
Organizers are calling on the U.S. National Ice Center to rename the iceberg after ExxonMobil, the corporation they say is most responsible for propagating climate destruction and deception.
“With one of the world’s biggest ice shelves at a breaking point, this destruction should bear the name of its greatest perpetrator: Exxon,” said Aaron Packard, climate impact coordinator at 350.org. “People deserve to understand the devastation of Exxon’s decades of climate deception, and realize fossil fuel companies for the climate criminals they are.”
Investigative reports revealed Exxon’s scientists warned about the dangers of fossil fuel use as far back at the 1970s.
Instead of heeding the warnings, executives embarked on a decades-long and ongoing campaign to spread misinformation amongst the public, bankroll climate-denying politicians and front-groups, and block climate action at every level.
Exxon is currently under investigation by two state attorneys general in the United States and is under intense public scrutiny for its continued role in knowingly perpetuating the climate crisis.
Since the initial warnings from Exxon’s in-house scientists, the region of the Larsen Ice Shelf has warmed nearly 3 degrees celsius.
The iceberg, approximately the size of Delaware, is expected to calve off and collapse into the ocean.
Scientists warn, after observing the crack for years and noting a dramatic increase in the pace of the rift, that the break will set off feedback loops, including hastening ice collapse, sea level rise, and destabilization of the Antarctic region.
“Once the iceberg calves off the Larsen C ice shelf, scientists believe it will be very unstable, and is likely to disintegrate rapidly,” said Packard. “We will continue to fight to make sure the fossil fuel industry and its plans to exploit our communities and our planet follows suit.”