Greenpeace History

.. ian Standards Association has been creating a guarantee process that give approval to clearcutting and chemical pesticide use in the forest industry. The foundation signed petitions with other unions and First Nations as well as the public, against this injustice to forests. The CSA decided to prolong the deadline of the process until later that year. Clear-cut logging helps speed up the effects of the change of climate. Widening the gaps in the forests help heat up the forests soil and increase the speed of the wind.

The articial tree plants that are planted after clearcutting are more inclined to fire, insect outbreaks and wind damage.Nuclear Testing and the Nuclear non-proliferation Treaty Another case is considerably important to the Greenpeace foundation is the french nuclear testing and the Non-proliferation treaty. Greenpeace is against all types of nuclear testing in any country. On july 10,1985 French agents bombed the Rainbow Warrior in Auckland harbour to prevent its journey of protest on the nuclear testing site of Moruroa in French Polynesia. In 1963, Partial Test Band Treaty ended nuclear testing in the atmosphere. In 1970, the non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) was signed.This treaty was signed by states who did not have nuclear weapons and agreed not to develop them, those with weapons agreed to get rid of them.

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Twenty-five years after this treaty, some countries continue using and modernising their supply of stock. In april-may 1995, a meeting was held in New-York where the non-nuclear states wanted greater progress on nuclear disarmement, but the nuclear states wanted for the NPT to be extended indefinetly . France has failed to their commitment to the NPT and havent signed the partial band treaty. Health and environmental effects of French nuclear testing Military records of the health personnel have never been released or has their ever been a study of the French Polynesians health.Nevertheless, according to the what affected peaple say, there are higher rates of cancer, birth abnormalities and other illnesses. Moruroa and Fangataufa are water penetrating seas atoll which now contaian many Chenboyls worth of radioactivity.

Nuclear testing in the life long stability of these environment. In 1990, a Greenpeace team found artificial radioactivity in microscopic plants and animal organism floating in bodies of water. After these findings, an International Atomic Energy Agency mission was invited by the French Military to counter Greenpeaces findings. Greenpeace Successes in 1995 One of Greenpeaces major success in 1995 dealt with the oil problem.

Greenpeaces reasons for opposing to the dumping of the brent spar into the North Atlantic are because shells data showed that the spar contained more than a thousand tonnes of toxic waiste. A anti-shell front in Germany lowered shells sales dowm twenty percent in the majority of gas stations. In june 21, Shell surrendered their arms and argued that the demolition on earth would have more risk but Greenpeaces study showed that with the projects on earth there would be a better supervision of the operations and would minimize the ecological harms. It would also create more thanthree thousand permanent jobs. Greenpeace aggress that did a great decision by not disposing obsolite oil platforms on the Brent Spar.

Another great success they have accomplish is the negotiation of agreat biding grennhouse gas emissions reduction target for the year 2000. In march of 1994, an important meeting took place in Berlin. It was the first convention Greenpeace was thera to support the reduction of global dioxide emissions. The climate Convention is the aggreement signed by countries around the world in 1992, but in 1994, a lot of these countries predicted that they would fail to meet their commitment s to restrain greenhouse gas emision. In the April 1995 meeting, 150 countries agreed to negotiate.Greenpeace UK hired a science director to explore in greater detail the carbon dioxide emissions, Behind the appointment of Leggett[he is the scientist that Greenpeace UK hired] as the first scientific director of a G reenpeace national o! rganisation ( there 22 Greenpeace affiliates world wide) was a recognition on the part the activists within Greenpeace UK that some of the environmental issues had become increasingly intricate and depandant of scientific data. ( Science, 1990:1288) This article implies that the environments conditions have become so difficult that it now needs scientific data to be able to come with a resolution to help it. Greenpeace is so determined to find aresolution they would hire a specialist even if they dont make a lot of money.

Critisism on greenpeace In 1991, an article in the Financial Post journal had some critisisms to say about Greenpeace. Anex-member of the foundation, Paul Watson, said, Greenpeace has become `just a multicultural eco-corporation`.(p:5).He Believes that Greenpeace is now worrying more about the money make rather than worrying about their real responsiblities, but others contradict his statement by explaining that their first priority is the health of the environment.

Yet another ex-foundre of Greenpeace agrees with Watson and states, .they create media hype in environmental issues to generate revenue for growing salaries and overheads, crank out millions of pieces of junk mail as part of their fund raising -`totally hypocritical for an environmental group.`(p:5). Most of the critics that have something to say about Greenpeace are ex-founders of the foundation. In my opinion, Greenpeace has the right to worry about the money that come into their foundation because they cant do everythi! ng on their own. In addition, they have to make publicity in order for the world to be informed about what is happening with the environment and give opinions and comments.

I have done a lot of research but I couldnt find any other critisisms on the foundation.Either people never bothered giving their opinions or they are proud of their work. The foudation has come a long way since they started and they have sacrificed a lot in their lives to get to where they are today. They have lost crew members, money, battles, etc..

but nothing seems to stop them on their road to justice. Conclusion In what state would the environment be if Greenpeace foundation were non-existant I cant answer that question, what I can answer is that they have done a lot in the past twenty-five years and they have a lot to celebrate. As a founder of Greenpeace said: The optimism of the action is better than the pessimism of the thought( Harold Zindler).In my opinion, he meant that instaed of thinking about the bad side of our dreams we should stand up proud and think about the advantages of conquering our dreams; just like the peaple of Greenpeace have done and continue doing so today.

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