Vancouver’s second gift to the world: Green Peace

Rainbow Warrior

Originally uploaded by grayem.

For the next seven days, the Metroblogging sites around the globe will be unveiling seven gifts their cities can share with the world – one gift a day for seven days. Metroblogging Vancouver’s second gift is Green Peace [gp].

Greenpeace is an independent, campaigning organisation which uses non-violent, creative confrontation to expose global environmental problems, and to force solutions for a green and peaceful future. Greenpeace’s goal is to ensure the ability of the earth to nurture life in all its diversity.

In 1971 the enviroment was not really the issue it is today. Whereas today we argue about climate change and worry about the hole in the ozone layer back then the majority of enviromental issues tended to focus on the Theodore Roosevelt style natural conservation (we want natural areas protected because they’re pretty and it gives us a place to shoot bears) as opposed to what we have to day when we’re facing the very real need to save the world from our waste and consumption.

Started as a way to protest and stop nuclear testing Green Peace was formed in Vancouver in 1971 and then expanded to protesting whaling. The fact that very few major industrial nations whale any longer can be seen as a major victory for the group. The fact that the dangers of nuclear waste and radiation as well as the issues of “global warming, ancient forest destruction, Nuclear power, and genetic engineering” [wp] are all issues that thanks to Green Peace we are aware of. I mean Kirk and Spock went back in time to save whales [wp] in part because of the awarness created by Green Peace.

Green Peace has since out grown its Vancouver roots and its headquarters are now in Amsterdam, but it started here and with it began a new era of enviromental awarness across the globe.

For all of Vancouver’s gifts to the world just click here.

2 Comments so far

  1. Tom in DC (unregistered) on November 27th, 2006 @ 9:45 am

    You forgot the part where the French Navy sunk the Rainbow Warrior.

    I’m going to repeat that, because it bears repeating. The French, a nation that hasn’t won a global conflict without surrendering since Napoleon was in power, sunk a Greenpeace vessel.

    If the French are fighting you… man… creepy ;)

  2. till (unregistered) on November 27th, 2006 @ 9:48 am

    @Tom: Haha… :D It seems like everybody hates the French. Why is that though? ;)

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