Living in the Faroe Islands means that you have experienced Greenpeace in action.
It also means that your opinion regarding Greenpeace is not as positive as it
might have been, without the influence of your fellow countrymen. “Credit,
where credit's due”. Greenpeace has done a magnificent work when it comes to
preserving our environment, even though their methods are questionable and
sometimes rude and immoral. From Greenpeaces campaigns against the Faroe
Islands, where pilot whale hunting has been the subject, we know them and their
methods of argumentation to be detestable. Pictures and video-recordings were
manipulated with and information, that we can only laugh at, were feeded to the
public. The questionable procedures that have been used in the campaigns against
the Faroe Islands however is not a general perspective of Greenpeace and their
actions. But the keyword for Greenpeace and what is common for almost every
venture that Greenpeace takes, is that they are active. Greenpeace does not
believe in bureaucracy, and is that something that we should respect. Taking on
a action for Greenpeace sometimes means that you have to break the law or at
least bend it a little. In USA where they protested against some factories
which deliberately lead their toxic waste to lakes nearby, Greenpeace sealed the
pipes, from which the toxic waste was coming from and furtermore the activists
refused to leave. A up-to-date example could be Mururoa, where the French
government held a series of underground nuclear tests and banned all nearby
sailing activities meanwhile. Greenpeace had no hesitation, sailed right to
Mururoa and stayed there until they were forced to leave by a commando squad.
Even though straight on action, seems to be their game, Greenpeace also has it's
own research center, from where the ozone-friendly refrigerators was designed.
But ‘direct action' is still what Greenpeace stands for. One could say that in a
world where bureaucracy blooms and people do not seem to care - Greenpeace is
Pat Hanson 875 Green Street Seattle, WA98116 USA
Greenpeace Denmark Linnésgade 25 1361 København K 1 October 1995
Being a environmentalist like myself and having followed Greenpeaces ventures
with interest and expectations, I have gained respect and admirations for your
organization and the...