Instead, write Moore and Soon, Greenpeace creates “unnecessary feelings of guilt, panic and frustration among the general public” and the organization will “then make money off this moral outrage, guilt and helplessness.” It will vilify the innocent as “enemies” and once Greenpeace has brand owners, trade groups and manufacturers in its sites, “any attempts to defend themselves are usually treated with suspicion or even derision.” Additionally, these activists groups will actually “fight honest attempts” to tackle the “environmental problems” that these groups have identified.
One signature of these activist groups is that they deliberately distort the science and neglect scientific reasoning “to generate simplistic ‘environmental crises’ that have almost nothing to do with the genuine environmental issues that should be addressed,” noted Moore and Soon.
Lastly, Moore and Soon point out that Greenpeace [and, I would add, other activist groups] actively shuts down any attempts to have informed discussions about what to actually do about the problems it has highlighted.
I can understand why big brand owners such as PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, SC Johnson & Son and GM cave to the pressure. They are hoping that Greenpeace, As You Sow, Sierra Club and other activist groups will just go away and leave them alone. The problem with that attitude is that the stage is set for these groups to continue to harass these companies.
Bullying companies into leaving the Plastics Industry Association will never be enough for these activist groups that make millions from their overblown efforts to rid the world of various crises. Greenpeace, said to be the largest environmental organization in the world, had revenue of almost $37 million in 2015, as reported on the website activistfacts.com.
By the way, a major focus of Greenpeace’s activities (besides plastics) is its opposition to sustainable forestry. A little research and the people of California will soon know why PG&E isn’t allowed to thin forests near power lines.
Caving to these activist groups will never solve the real problems.
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