Thursday, December 11, 2014
Greenpeace, not oil companies, charged with environmental damage
Greenpeace seems to have stuck their foot in their mouth, while trying to make a legitimate point.
Oil company executives just might be having a good laugh.
Greenpeace activists just might be charged with major crimes for, well, leaving footprints.
There is little if any effort by those with the most power to charge oil company executives with massive and real environmental damage.
Would you laugh if you were an oil company executive?
The Guardian reported the following excerpt about the Nazca lines:
Is anyone wondering whether or not the people that gave "a true slap in the face" to "sacred,” or important things are the oil companies or the Greenpeace activists?
Is there any doubt which is doing far more damage?
This may not be as well planned as they might have hoped but when you consider the enormous advantage the mass media gives to the oil companies that buy enormous amounts of propaganda ads from them with the profits they get from destroying the environment it might be understandable why they might try to do the best they can with the limited resources they have.
I think ancient sites should be preserved as much as anyone else; and I would prefer better ways to get good points across than flashy publicity stunts; but how much damage are these footprints really going to do?
Greenpeace had this to say when they planned it:
During the psst week I have been watching alternative news more often when I can but I have still managed to watch plenty of the local news and some of the world news but I don't remember them mentioning the climate summit once. I almost certainly missed at least a little coverage from the world news but I doubt if they provided much coverage of it at all. Democracy Now has provided much more coverage about the climate summit and the news that is available to me from several other countries also cover a reasonable amount of coverage for the climate summit, although they don't do nearly as well as Democracy Now or environmental news outlets.
For a subject as important as this it seems to me that we need to do what we can to draw more attention to it and if the media does start paying attention to this only to blame Greenpeace without covering the damage by oil companies and other corporations or the military to the environment they're only showing how badly we need media reform.
Photos reveal possible damage to Nazca lines by Greenpeace activists 12/09/2014
Greenpeace activists 'damage' ancient Nazca lines, Peru to seek criminal charges 12/10/2014