August 5, 2011
Robert Dudley, CEO, BP, 1 St James’s Square, London, SW1Y 4PD
Dear Mr. Dudley:
It is our very great pleasure to present you with the original artwork herewith enclosed, a gift of The Blossom Project.
The purpose of the Blossom Project is to inspire people to do their best to serve the needs of global community, as defined by the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations. The enclosed watercolour painting is one of 19 we are sending out as gifts to individuals or groups able to bring about positive change in the world.
Each painting is a token of acknowledgement for work already done. Each is a gesture of encouragement for work that may yet be undertaken in the future.
Specifically, we acknowledge the tremendous difficulties that BP has faced following the Deep Horizon rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico April 10, 2010. We acknowledge that, prior to the accident, that BP was the first major oil and gas company to publicly recognize the climate consequences of fossil fuel use, to endorse emissions reductions, and to make significant investments in alternative energy technologies.
As you rebuild, we encourage you not to lose sight of alternative energy goals. We encourage you to transform BP more aggressively to an alternative energy company. You forecast that, by 2030, clean alternative technologies will meet just 6 percent of total global energy demand. The world requires a far more radical shift to a new energy paradigm from our largest energy corporations. We encourage you to lead the move away from dirty energy technologies, especially oil shales and oil sands.
The enclosures provide background on The Blossom Project, the paintings, the recipients, the Millennium Development Goals, and ourselves.
All the information, including a copy of this letter, may be viewed online at www.theblossomproject.org. Should you chose to respond to us, you may do so directly on the website, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by regular mail, address below. We would love to hear from you!
Marlene Yuzak and Allan Casey
The Blossom Project 120 – 9th Street East, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, S7N 0A2