The value of Greenpeace is easily evident. Protecting oceans to forests to the sky, it is an organization that will go where many will not dare to venture. Taking on such a huge responsibility can come across as a dream too big to be effective. As with any dream, others must assist with making it a reality and Greenpeace is no different.
Staff, volunteers and other advocacy groups work to educate the public and motivate change. There are different views on the necessity of organizations to help clean up the world. Some feel climate change is not real, or it will occur regardless of human intervention. Others support organizations doing what they can to make the Earth a cleaner planet.
Deciding what side to take is an open option, just as the song- “…don’t be a litter bug, every bit little bit hurts” goes, one either helps or damages the environment. Similar to how 10 people in a room can make a crowd, if each one of them dropped a piece of paper they would make a mess. Everyone makes an environmental footprint. Recognition of the size and domino affect of those footprints is what is hardest to surmise.
An inebriated person may not realize they hit someone and left him or her on the road to possibly die. Counseling that person on the effects of blackouts, or forgetting from too much alcohol may encourage less drinking or no driving while under the influence. On a larger scale sometimes it is difficult to see what is being done to support the environment.
Greenpeace helped Shell decide not to drill in the Arctic during 2013. That victory is being followed up with working to assist President Obama with deciding to drop the drilling in the Arctic conversation for good. Greenpeace’s ability to effectively chip away at large issues one piece at a time proves its value. Without boundary enforcement, the widespread use of fracking might be larger. Dolphins might be served in restaurants and trees might have become the fabric of fairytales in modern times.
It is becoming more evident as time goes on how connected actions respond to one another. Peter Wilcox of Greenpeace was advocating against oil drilling and was arrested. As with the BP oil spill, it is clear oil issues affect more than the area it is concentrated in. The fish people eat come from all over the world. Wilcox is someone who has dedicated his life to protecting the environment. The overflow of his good deeds and of others like him creates a healthier human existence.
In some way, each victory of Greenpeace and other organizations like them lead to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) list of companies who have made positive environmental changes. Their September 2013 list includes the Intel Corporation, Kohl’s department stores, Whole Food’s Market, Staples, District of Columbia, Austin, TX, TD Bank N. A., U.S. EPA, Pearson and the State Street Corporation in the top ten on their list of 100 percent green power users in the U.S. Usage varies between wind, solar, biogas, biomass and small hydro power sources. It is evident Greenpeace has value that is appreciated.
By Dada Ra