Rob Lyons, Spiked
Greenpeace’s latest stunt in the Arctic suggests that what it really fears is human exploration and expansion.
When I was at university – in the days before climate change was the defining issue of our times – a good friend of mine was a keen environmentalist, a bolshie woman who wanted to go out and stop nuclear tests, save whales and generally change the world. So she called up Greenpeace to find out how to get involved with their protests. She was told that they didn’t really need or want lots of people doing that kind of thing, and asked if she would like to send a donation instead. Feeling thoroughly patronised, she had nothing more to do with the organisation.
Well, the patronising stunt-performers are back. On Tuesday, four Greenpeace protesters boarded a drilling rig, the Stena Don in Baffin Bay near Greenland, ‘to stop the drilling and defend the Arctic’. As the four activists hang shivering from the sides of the rig, they are promoting all sorts of misplaced alarmism while helping to bolster Greenpeace’s coffers.
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What a misanthropic bunch of stunts