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    Greenpeace Greenpeace Presentation Transcript

    • Objective
      • The objective of this assignment is to educate our classmates on the interest group, Greenpeace.
    • Major Issues
      • Six subcategories
        • Global Warming & Energy
        • Oceans
        • Forests
        • Nuclear
        • Toxics
        • Genetic Engineering
    • Global Warming & Energy
      • Because global warming is increasing on a day to day basis due to heat waves it is affecting the elderly & poor while dangerous storms destroy homes & communities
    • Global Warming & Energy Continued
      • Organization blames ExxonMobil & the government for fueling the global warming issue & refusing to support the many solutions to the problem
      • The U.S. House of Representatives finally caved & passed the Energy Independence & Security Act of 2007
        • Though not perfect, it is a major step
    • Oceans
      • Though many people are unaware, our oceans are in crisis
      • Whale slaughter puts endangered species at risk
      • Pollution is also a major issue
        • Comes from land based sources & is turning our oceans into a dumping ground
        • Many industries are committing similar crimes but are not being held accountable
        • Not only does this affect our eco-system but its also depleting our fisheries
        • A mission that is currently in process involves the Greenpeace vessel, the Esperanza, that is defending whales from the Japanese whaling fleet that are making commercial whaling
        • Many industries are committing similar crimes but are not being held accountable
        • Not only does this affect our eco-system but its also depleting our fisheries
    • Forests
      • Greenpeace is working hard to maintain forests all around the world. Trees are essential in helping to preserve our air, environmental systems and wildlife.
      • Fun fact: Did you know that it takes 90 years to grow a box of Kleenex? That's right, every time you use a Kleenex tissue, you are blowing away ancient forests. And every time you use Scott or Cottonelle toilet paper, you’re flushing old growth trees down the toilet.
    • Nuclear
      • Greenpeace feels that it is absolutely unacceptable that the United States government is pushing for more nukes when most of the world is against it. “We're not standing for it - and you don't have to either” (greenpeace.org).
    • Toxics
      • In terms of toxics, this interest group feels strongly that the production, trade, use, and release of most synthetic chemicals is a global threat to human health and the environment.
      • They are campaigning for solutions. They believe that governments must take control of the environment and require companies to cease using hazardous chemicals and substitute them with safer, and healthier alternatives as much as possible.
      • Greenpeace is also working to clean up after September eleventh.  An attack on one U.S. chemical plants could kill thousands of people, but despite the warnings, nothing has been done to prevent such a disaster.
    • Toxics Continued
      • PVC free is an act that this interest group is attempting to pass. Vinyl is one of the most toxic substances saturating our planet and its inhabitants. PVC contaminates humans and the environment throughout its lifecycle.
      • Help is also being sent to the 20,000 people that lost their lives in Bhopal, India after a chemical gas spill from a pesticide factory.
      • Electronic trash, is another subcategory under toxics that they are trying to improve. They are trying to urge leading electronic companies to clean up their act. Toxic chemicals and heavy metals from these e-wastes cannot be disposed of or recycled safely.  These pollutants end up in our water and the air we breathe.
    • Genetic Engineering
      • Greenpeace fights against the United States government , who has allowed genetically modified organisms to be placed into our food without adequate labeling or testing.
      • They also argue that the transnational companies that produce genetically engineered food crops include several of the worst polluters of the 20th century.
      • In spring of 2000, Greenpeace began the fight with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after they announced that labeling of GE foods would remain voluntary.
    • History
      • Created by group of committed citizens in 1971
      • First mission was to protest the U.S. nuclear testing in Alaska
      • Brought attention to the dangers & issues regarding nuclear testing
      • Most protests relate to oceans & take place on the seas
      • In 1985, French Secret Service agents planted two bombs on their flagship
        • Plan backfired & brought more attention to the issues group
        • Their best known campaign was to stop the clubbing of baby seals
        • The founders of the Greenpeace Organization are Paul Watson & Bob Hunter
        • Greenpeace is a liberal interest group
      • “ Greenpeace is the leading independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful direct action and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and to promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future” (Greenpeace.org).
      Political Leaning
    • General Information
      • Greenpeace does not solicit contributions from government or corporations, nor will they endorse political candidates.
      • They have 250,000 members in the United States and 2.5 million members worldwide
      • Their members provide virtually all of their funding through individual contributions.
      • Support is the backbone of their group
      • If you do not want to donate money and instead want to be an active member there are several jobs available
      • Students who are interested in Greenpeace can have a semester of training to become a leader
      • The only name provided as a leader of Greenpeace is David McTaggart , because he was the main founder. There are too many other leaders to list, according to their website.
    • The End