Greenpeace: The Inside Story Paperback – Aug 10 2005
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"A rousing story about how a gutsy and mixed-up group of Canadians broke all the rules without once saying 'sorry.' " -- Globe and Mail
"An engaging, brisk and at times emotional read." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review, Editor's Pick
"Weyler's capacious, affecting history is stirring testimony to the power of committed citizens." -- Booklist, starred review
About the Author
Rex Weyler (Vancouver) is a co-founder of Greenpeace International. His photographs and environmental essays have appeared in the New York Times, Oceans, Smithsonian, Rolling Stone, New Age Journal and National Geographic.
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Initially I was shocked at how uncoordinated Greenpeace seemed to be, but I respect the author for openly revealing these deficiencies. The organization was forced to evolve in the tactics they used, as they constantly expanded to fight new nuclear and environmental threats.
The bulk of the book concerns the fight to prevent testing of nuclear weapons, whaling (especially by the Russians and Japanese) and the Canadian seal hunt. Time after time it's demonstrated that the worse enemy to the environment are governments, as they lie to people, attempt cover-ups (the UK would dispose of nuclear waste in the ocean and failed to inform the public) and use laws to thwart the efforts of the ecologists. One example is the Canadian government using the 'Seal Protection Act' to arrest protestors protecting seals against the slaughter. If someone tried to prevent a seal from being clubbed to death and happened to touch the seal, they would be arrested.
Another important argument is how the bulk of a population supports environmental organizations until it involves something that is transpiring in their own backyard. Donations to the Canadian Greenpeace decreased exponentially once Greenpeace attempted to curb the Canadian seal hunt. The same people who supported them in the past bashed them. When local jobs are at stake people are willing to overlook animal cruelty and environmental damage.
Overall, a great read and highly recommended.
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