More Greenpeace Fluff: Is the Organization Helping or Hurting the Cause?

And the Greenpeace press hits just keep coming. This morning we received yet another notification in the Russia versus Greenpeace Pirates case notifying us the 30 detainees are being transported from near Murmansk, to an undisclosed location near St. Petersburg.

The Arctic Sunrise

The Arctic Sunrise – Courtesy Wikipedia

Last week we took note of the constant barrage of Greenpeace propaganda so obviously SPAMMING news media with the notion Greenpeace activists demonstrations in boarding a Gazprom drilling platform was a harmless exercise and lawful. Now, Greenpeace’s Ben Ayliffe, has commented:

“We don’t yet know if the relocation of these wrongfully accused people will see an improvement in terms of their detention conditions and basic human rights. We are doing everything in our power to ensure that the Arctic 30 are transported in a humane way.”

I personally find it ironic that this Greenpeace press department notice ends with a quote from George Orwell:

“A man may take to drink because he feels himself to be a failure, and then fail all the more completely because he drinks. It is rather the same thing that is happening to the English language. It becomes ugly and inaccurate because our thoughts are foolish, but the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts.”

I will not get into analysis of the Greenpeace text this morning, but suffice it to say it’s just jibberish jotted down to perpetuate a negative tone onto Russian authorities and the whole “Arctic 30” situation. While Greenpeace prefers to keep the negative pressure up in characterizing Russian actions, one obvious explanation for these prisoners being transferred 1300 kilometers South to St. Petersburg is to resolve the situation by setting them free.

As to the overall effectiveness of Greenpeace over the years, and especially in the present, Notgoodenough.com author Katherine Peterson summarizes:

“While this is admirable both for ensuing an international movement, and not out of character for the protest atmosphere of the 70’s era, I would have hoped that the organization had modernized with the time. Unfortunately, this does not appear to have happened.”

Even if the so-called Arctic 30 are detained longer, St. Petersburg is far more accessible for the prisoners’ families than Murmansk, which is inside the Arctic Circle. In November temperatures in Murmansk can reach in excess of cold below -30 Degrees. Lastly, Greenpeace SPAMMING of media outlets in the West has apparently worked, at least where SEO is concerned.

Any search performed for the term Arctic 30 currently returns either a Greenpeace bit on Russian fault in the case, pitiful activist propaganda, or some western leader ready and willing to take credit for the demonstrators’ release. The latest on the latter is Britain’s David Cameron who has reportedly asked Vladimir Putin to release the group.

Perhaps a fair way of assessing this whole case by the public would be personalize the act traveling to Russia, boarding zodiacs in the Arctic and trying to board via rappelling ropes and grappling hooks a Gaszprom oil plaform. What would any reasonable human being expect the reaction to be? Why can’t Greenpeace simply admit the methods of the Arctic 30 may have been excessive and respectfully request the group’s release?

We all know that answer, but the point is; “Do Greenpeace’s actions help or hurt the protest against Arctic oil drilling?”

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Comments

  1. Estanislao Deloserrata says

    Greenpeace make a “respectable request” ? Not on your life. Theirs is the way of the arrogant demand or the criminal stunt. Respect is not in the Greenpeace playbook.

    It is patently obvious that the majority of the media sources are just parroting Greenpeace press releases. But while that is cheap and easy for the outlets, transparently using Greenpeace propaganda has a cost. The responses from readers include accusations that the publisher is behaving as badly as Greenpeace. And both the arrogance and foolishness of Greenpeace could not have been better revealed than by their own hacks. The effect is that the reader comments are now running about 80 percent in favour of keeping the activistas in jail for a very long time.

    Now, author Phil, you really need to work on your stuff: the term is not “repelling ropes” but rappelling. Or as the civilised folk say, abseiling.

    • Phil Butler says

      Aha. The victim of a WordPress correction I am. However, Estanislao, I HATE grammar police about as bad as juvenile pranksters playing tree hugging vigilante. :) Rappelling corrected, none the less.

      Always,
      Phil

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