Greenpeace : In Their Own Words

What They Tell You About:


Compass Greenpeace is one of thelargest and broadest-based environmental groups in existence today. Founded as a nuclear disarmament organization during the Cold War, it has since expanded far beyond its original mandate, tackling issues from urban sprawl and deforestation to genetically modified crops and international fisheries.


What They're Not Telling You

Writing in the April 22, 2008 edition of the Wall Street Journal, Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore described an organization that had lost its way by abandoning sound science in favor of a distorted form of entrepreneurial activism.

Wrote Moore: "At first, many of the causes we championed, such as opposition to nuclear testing and protection of whales, stemmed from our scientific knowledge of nuclear physics and marine biology. But after six years as one of the five directors of Greenpeace International, I observed that none of my fellow directors had any formal science education. They were either political activists or environmental entrepreneurs."

The Tough Questions:
Just how far has Greenpeace strayed from its original mission when one of its very founders, an actual scientist, believes he has to publicly disavow an organization he helped to create?