More than 100 Nobel laureates have come together to sign a letter accusing Greenpeace of "crimes against humanity" for the environmental group's anti-scientific stand against genetically modified organisms, in particular the group's effort to stop the use of a kind of rice aimed at eradicating vitamin A deficiency, a scourge that has killed millions in the last decade and blinded tens of millions more.
The victims, according to the World Health Organization, are mostly children and pregnant mothers.
Moore told the conference he left Greenpeace when it “went anti-human.” Greenpeace, as well as much of the rest of the radical environmental establishment, he notes, regard humans not as part of the environment, but as enemies of the environment.
Patrick Moore was one of a dozen or so activists who founded Greenpeace in the basement of a Unitarian Church in Vancouver. Moore broke with his comrades and has emerged a critic.
Referring to Greenpeace's "eco-extremism" in March 2000, he described the group in Oregon Wheat magazine as "Anti-human"; "antitechnology and anti-science"; "Anti-organization" and "pro-anarchy"; "anti-trade"; "anti-free-enterprise"; "anti-democratic"; and "basically anti-civilization."
Environmentalist, Liberal, Brilliance, Oops
An environmental activist was almost killed yesterday in the Indian Ocean, after the great white shark he was trying to hug suddenly attacked him and bit his arm off. 21-year old Darrell Waterford, from Eugene in Oregon, was participating in a promotional video for Greenpeace, some 100 nautical miles away from the Australian city of Perth...
Several members of the organization now fear that this incident will compromise their campaign to restore the white shark’s image as a peaceful marine creature.
Environmentalist, Liberal, Crime, Character, Brilliance, Vandalism
The Peruvian government is planning to file criminal charges against Greenpeace activists who may have permanently scarred the Nazca Lines World Heritage Site during a publicity stunt... The ground around the site is so sensitive and so sacred that Peru has even forbidden presidents and top officials to walk where the Greenpeace activists went. Peru's Deputy Culture Minister told the BBC: "You walk there, and the footprint is going to last hundreds or thousands of years."
Environmentalist, Liberal, Financial, Fraud, Oops, Corruption
On November 4, the Indian government cancelled Greenpeace India Society’s registration. The Society was registered in the southern state of Tamil Nadu in India... According to the notice issued by the Tamil Nadu Registrar of Societies, Greenpeace India society’s registration was cancelled for “fraudulently” conducting their business by falsifying balance sheets, and other violations of the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act of 1975.
Environmentalist, Liberal, Incompetence, Funny, Oops, Energy, Protest, Metaphor
Greenpeace built a solar-and-battery microgrid for a village that had been waiting for decades to get access to central grid power.
The villagers were disappointed to find that solar power was both expensive and unable to provide enough juice for the village's needs. As the story says, "When the former chief minister of Bihar state visited to inaugurate the [solar microgrid], villagers lined up to protest, chanting, 'We want real electricity, not fake electricity!'"
Environmentalist, Hypocrisy, Union, Greed, Jobs
On August 5, 16 of 19 canvassers for Greenpeace in San Diego walked off the job. They were followed by a majority of the Sacramento office. 22 total employees of the Frontline program, Greenpeace’s in-house fundraising program, have had enough of labor policies that give them no job security.
The strike, led by two veteran canvassers in Socialist Alternative San Diego, comes against an organization that claims to be progressive. However, Greenpeace uses a quota system where even veteran fundraisers can be fired for missing quota two or three weeks consecutively.
“If you're one of those who have spent their lives undermining progressive climate legislation, bankrolling junk science, fuelling spurious debates around false solutions and cattle-prodding democratically-elected governments into submission, then hear this:
We know who you are. We know where you live. We know where you work. And we be many, but you be few.”
“If you plan to destroy test fields to prevent responsible testing and development of Golden Rice for humanitarian purposes, you will be accused of contributing to a crime against humanity.
Your actions will be carefully registered and you will, hopefully, have the opportunity to defend your illegal and immoral actions in front of an international court.”
-Dr. Ingo Potrykus to Greenpeace, February 2001
Environmentalist, Liberal, Fraud, Economy
For months, India’s government has been building a case against Greenpeace, saying the environmental group is pushing an “anti-development” agenda that’s costing the country 2 to 3 percent of its economy every year.... In its order, the Indian government said Greenpeace has “”prejudicially affected the economic interest of the state” by underreporting the amount of foreign funds it has received which the group then used to fight fossil fuels, nuclear power and GMOs in the country.
Environmentalist, Crime, Incitement, Character, Fraud, Demagoguery, Vandalism, Ignorance
The crop was actually destroyed by a small number of activists while farmers who had been bussed in to attend the event looked on in dismay... Greenpeace has claimed that there are health concerns about the genetically modified rice... Greenpeace Southeast Asia spokespeople took to the media to speak in support of the destruction of the golden rice trial in the Philippines.
“In terms of damage to the climate, flying is 10 times worse than taking the train.”
Environmentalist, Hypocrisy, Warming, Character, Oops
One of Greenpeace’s most senior executives commutes 250 miles to work by plane, despite the environmental group’s campaign to curb air travel, it has emerged. The flights, at 250 euros for a round trip, are funded by Greenpeace, despite its campaign to curb "the growth in aviation", which it says "is ruining our chances of stopping dangerous climate change”. One Greenpeace volunteer on Monday described Mr Husting's travel arrangements as "almost unbelievable".
Environmentalist, Liberal, Hate, Incitement, Character, Smears
"It's time for mass civil disobedience to cut off the financial oxygen from denial and skepticism. . . . If you're one of those who have spent their lives undermining progressive climate legislation, bankrolling junk science, fueling spurious debates around false solutions, and cattle-prodding democratically elected governments into submission, then hear this: We know who you are. We know where you live. We know where you work."
Liberal, Incompetence, Financial, Oops
Greenpeace has lost more than $5 million in charitable donations, but not in the course of promoting environmental activism. The green group gambled away millions betting on currency markets. In what the group is calling a “terrible miscalculation,” $5.15 million of charitable donations to Greenpeace was lost in international currency transactions.
Environmentalist, Incompetence, Financial, Oops, Metaphor
A computer error has left about 10,000 UK supporters of Greenpeace out of pocket by hundreds of pounds. Some members who make regular direct debit donations, ranging typically from £2 to £10 a month, have been charged a hundred times their usual amount.