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War on Iraq

Why we opposed war on Iraq

Greenpeace is opposed to war. We promote non-violent solutions to conflict. We actively campaign for the elimination of all weapons of mass destruction, held by any and all countries. Here are five reasons why we are opposed to the war in Iraq:
War would have devastating human and environmental consequences. The last Gulf war killed two hundred thousand people and left many of the survivors malnourished, diseased, and dying. Damage to ecosystems in the area remained years after the war ended. What are the consequences of this war? More  
War is an ineffective way to deal with weapons of mass destruction. There is a need for global disarmament from weapons of mass destruction that must be achieved through peaceful diplomatic negotiations. More  
Bush is clearly trying to gain control of Iraq's oil reserves. As Nelson Mandela has said, an attack on Iraq would be clearly motivated by George W. Bush's desire to please the US arms and oil industries. More  
This war is illegal and sets a dangerous precedent. Even Henry Kissinger argues that "the notion of justified pre-emption runs counter to modern international law, which sanctions the use of force in self-defense only against actual - not potential - threats." More  
It's hypocritical to single out Iraq. Other countries such as India, Pakistan and Israel all have weapons of mass destruction. More  

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The difference is the spirit

Feature story | 31 August, 2002 at 0:00

Within the halls of Sandton, non-governmental organisations and press have been effectively excluded from all deliberations of the Earth Summit's now as they work late into the night. The mood is dark, as we watch commitment after commitment...

The youth delegation in Johannesburg.

Image | 30 August, 2002 at 1:00

The youth delegation in Johannesburg.

Youth delegation at the Earth Summit

Image | 30 August, 2002 at 1:00

The youth delegation at the Earth Summit, wearing 'Choose Positive Energy' t-shirts.

The youth delegation was present at the opening

Image | 30 August, 2002 at 1:00

The youth delegation was present at the opening of the Solar Chill project in Johannesburg at the Earth Summit.

Jonathan Margolis

Image | 30 August, 2002 at 1:00

Jonathan Margolis, from the United States delegation to the Earth Summit being questioned by a member of our youth delegation. The entire youth delegation sat in the front row - their t-shirts spelled out the message 'Renewable', one letter each...

Noah Scher

Image | 30 August, 2002 at 1:00

Noah Scher. I am here at the World Summit on Sustainable Development to push for a Plan of Action that includes concrete goals and binding commitments. I also hope to monitor the U.S. Delegation and get word of their ridiculous obstructionist...

Andrea Avolio

Image | 30 August, 2002 at 1:00

Andrea Avolio. I came to WSSD to raise the voice of the youth within the international community. Recognizing the unique role of youth as the future proprietors of the earth, I feel that it is essential that representatives of governments,...

Abigail Krich

Image | 30 August, 2002 at 1:00

Abigail Krich. I am here at the WSSD to urge my government and the world to move towards clean, renewable energy. I am also using it as an opportunity to learn how my skills as an environmental engineer can benefit the billions of people around...

Melony Lewis

Image | 30 August, 2002 at 1:00

Melony Lewis. I am at the WSSD because I want to show the world that American Youth care about the environment and the people of the world. I have come to promote clean energy technologies and the ways in which they can help millions of people...

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