Greenpeace Keeping the World Green One “Peace” at a Time
By: Emma Bowles
It was once said “Only when the last tree is cut, only when the last river poisoned, only when the last fish dead, only then will we discover that we can't eat money.” This quote is one of the longest Greenpeace banners ever made. It means that Greenpeace is dedicated to helping the environment one step at a time. Because Greenpeace won’t wait for the last tree to be cut, the last river to be poisoned, or even the last fish to be eaten, Greenpeace is trying to take action now. That is why I’m here to nominate Greenpeace for the Robert Burns Humanitarian award.
Greenpeace should win this award because they have enriched our society by helping the environment in so many ways, even though the members could suffer the consequence of jail.
Greenpeace was founded in 1971, By Paul Cote, Jim Bohlan, Irving Stowe,Patrick Moore,and Bill Darnell. Greenpeace started just to pay attention to nuclear bomb testing, and ever since they stopped nuclear bomb testing they’ve moved from environmental issue to environmental issue. Like killing of baby harp seals, whaling of sperm whales, the killing of dolphins when they got caught in fishermans nets, overfishing, pollution, dumping of waste, logging and much more. In 1973 their actions had spread around the world. Sometimes Greenpeace members have been arrested for their actions.
Greenpeace has impacted our humanity in so many things. Let’s start of with climate change. Greenpeace has asked people to write letters to the government to stop greenhouse pollution. Some people think it is a waste of time to find non greenhouse energy but Greenpeace thinks otherwise. They are concerned that fossil fuels might run out soon, fossil fuels are non renewable fuels. Greenpeace encourages people to use clean renewable energy.
Now let’s talk about oceans. For many years Greenpeace has campaigned against all kinds of whaling but Japan is still doing it for
“scientific reasons”. They’ve campaigned against uncontrolled shrimp farming too. They have also campaigned against overfishing. The organization tries to encourage people not to buy endangered fish from stores.
And now let’s look at their work with nuclear waste. PVC is a commonly used chemical pollution. Greenpeace has protested against transporting nuclear waste. They protest against nuclear threats to the future. One of the most dangerous chemicals is dioxins and Greenpeace protested against that as well. Greenpeace is concerned about using chemicals to make everyday things.
Greenpeace has many significant qualities. First of all they are definitely passionate. For example they are ready to defend their world whatever the cost. Secondly, they are independent. For example Greenpeace does not accept money from the government. They also use teamwork they will team up with organizations to achieve their goals but they will not team up with the government. And lastly they are empowered. For example they want to encourage people to save their world.
Greenpeace has helped the ocean by protesting against whaling, overfishing, and pollution. They also help the forests by protesting against logging. And lastly they have also helped the Arctic they campaigned to get Antarctica the status of a world park. Greenpeace knows that environmental changes in Antarctica cause changes around the world.
In summary, Greenpeace should win the Robert Burns Humanitarian award because they have enriched the life of not just people but the whole planet too. And remember Greenpeace is making the world green one “peace” at a time.
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