Greenpeace shows its true colors
When it began, the environmental group Greenpeace, founded in 1971, was arguably an organization focused on environmental protection. Love them or hate them, the goals were clear: saving the environment for the environment's sake.
During the ensuing decades, some of Greenpeace's former founders and other original players found themselves at increasing odds over the organization's apparently political objectives.
Certainly after Kumi Naidoo took over the helm in 2009, the questions as to what was really going on began to intensify. In a recent interview with The Guardian, Naidoo was quoted as saying, "The struggle has never been about saving the planet."
Surely that must be news to many in the environmental movement who thought that was exactly what the struggle was about. The article goes on to state that "[w]hen Naidoo took the job [as head of Greenpeace] he was known not as an environmentalist."
Buzzphrases such as "people-focused movement" surround Naidoo's views on where Greenpeace and the environmental movement should head, further suggesting that what at heart used to be (perhaps) about the environment in an altruistic sense was changed into a radical socioeconomic political movement with a pseudo-environmental façade.
The most damning evidence for this skeptical view comes from a recent open letter authored by Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd. In the ongoing dispute between Sea Shepherd and Greenpeace over seal hunting in Canada and Japanese whaling in the southern oceans, Watson has posted a copy of the following letter sent from Pascal Husting, Greenpeace International's program director, who received media criticism for his unusual commuting habits, to a mutual acquaintance of Watson and Husting:
Hello [name withheld] can you share this little video with your buddy [Paul] Watson and tell him that Greenpeace has other things to do than taking care of the [f******] seals and that instead of playing a foolish con-artist in the Southern Ocean, he should go save the little Syrians and Iraqis. Friendly [to you], Pascal [Husting]
So an organization whose mission, portrayed for decades to the public as selfless dedication to environmental causes, "has other things to do than taking care of the f****** seals" and being concerned over illegal whaling in the South Seas, instead being focused on the non-environmental issue of Syrian refugees that is backed by the most notorious sectors of far-left political movements?
The true colors are showing, and they are not green. Perhaps red would be more accurate, like a watermelon?