On The Harm Greenpeace Actually Does

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Greenpeace is a non-governmental environmental organization with offices in over forty countries and with an international coordinating body in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Greenpeace states its goal is to “ensure the ability of the Earth to nurture life in all its diversity” and focuses its campaigning on world wide issues such as global warming, deforestation, overfishing, commercial whaling, genetic engineering, and anti-nuclear issues – except nowadays they seem bent on fulfilling their charter at the cost of human lives and scientific progress.

I used to applaud Greenpeace’s goals. Saving the whales? Sure. Stopping deforestation? Good idea. Going after polluters? Hey, I like clean air and water just as much as the next guy so I can’t object to making sure I’m not being poisoned every time I get a glass of water out of the tap.

I still think these are worthwhile goals. I don’t think it’s right to hunt a species to extinction, cutting down all your trees is a bad idea and nobody likes air you can stab with a fork.

But what happens when we as a species come up with technologies that could actually improve the current human condition and save the environment?

Greenpeace wants to deny people in the poorer Third World countries the very things that could save themselves.

Consider:

In Britain, France, the Philippines and Australia Greenpeace vandals have destroyed bio-engineered crops wiping out millions of dollars in research to develop crops that require fewer pesticides, raise nutrition quality that would prevent ailments like blindness and increase crop yields in spite of overwhelming scientific consensus that such foods are no more dangerous for you to eat than non-genetically engineered ones.

Greenpeace has convinced countries ravaged by malaria and dengue fever that DDT, a pesticide that is effective against mosquitoes (the carriers of these diseases), is too dangerous to humans and wildlife in spite of the fact that no serious peer review medical studies back this claim.

As a result, over one million people die from malaria every year with children dying from malaria around the world every four seconds.

Over 1.5 billion people on this planet have no reliable electricity for lights, refrigerators, factories, hospitals, schools, shops and a host of other modern conveniences that would raise their standards of living and wipe out a host of preventable illnesses but yet Greenpeace continues to wage its war against hydrocarbon, hydroelectric and nuclear power by telling these people they should just be content with solar panels and wind turbines – which are intermittent, insufficient and a guarantee they’ll live in unending poverty.

It would seem to me that Greenpeace isn’t pro-environment – they’re anti-human and what’s worse is that they’re willing to gamble the lives of people in impoverished countries around the planet by using them as a laboratory for their untested, untried and utterly failed experiments.

I suppose now by having thrown down this gauntlet I’m going to catch all sorts of criticism from Greenpeace. You know what? Fine. Bring it on. I’d really love to hear their justification on how billions should suffer for their idea of environmental purity and how they’d love to drag the rest of the world back into the Stone Age along with them.

Well, Greenpeace? The floor is yours.

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