It’s interesting to me, that this is one of the original founders speaking.
I know I left Greenpeace (after only having volunteered at the Melbourne office for two and a half years - and yes, being part of the anti-whaling campaigns- including chaining myself to the docks and organising mock whale blubber meals in front of the Norwegian and Japanese embassies) because I realised we were veering away from what I thought the core values and position of the organisation was.
At the time, GP were willing to go to great lengths to argue against whaling - but would not help - neither actively nor passively - to save the woodlands of the Otways nor get involved with protesting the old-growth deforestation that was wiping out the habitats of native marsupials. Yhey claimed it was another organisation’s issues, like the WWF, you see.
Yet GP would partner with the RSPCA, PETA and other organisations to campaign against farmers, animal exports, animal abuse and rights … which seemed like it was cherry picking really.
In the end, to me it seemed like GP were chasing the most high visibility and most radical solution to every problem that was seen as the “right fight to take” and I was never really sure if the choices made were for the media attention or the charity dollar because I no longer felt it was for “the cause”.
After watching this video, and reflecting on my own time there, I can’t help but wonder if it’s not far more easily explained by Hanlon’s Razor?
“Never assume malice when stupidity will suffice”