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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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A solar powered haircut

Feature story | 25 August, 2002 at 0:00

What does Greenpeace want from the Earth Summit? To start with: clean, reliable, renewable energy for two billion of the world's poorest, who are today without electricity. And if anybody says renewables can't power anything practical today,...

South African police intervene with a Greenpeace

Image | 24 August, 2002 at 1:00

South African police intervene with a Greenpeace inflatable and activists in a pre-dawn protest at Koeberg nuclear power plant.

Greenpeace activists from five countries

Image | 24 August, 2002 at 1:00

Greenpeace activists from five countries today launched a pre-dawn protest at Koeberg, Africa's only nuclear power plant as world leaders gather in Johannesburg for the Earth Summit

WWF/ Oxfam/ Greenpeace comments on the Chairmans text on Trade and Finance Means of...

Publication | 24 August, 2002 at 0:00

This joint statement details our deep concerns with issues that insufficient or completely lacking in the text being discussed at the Earth Summit.

LEAKED: The EU and US non-paper on 'Gobalisation, Trade and Financing'

Publication | 24 August, 2002 at 0:00

Globalisation – the growing integration of economies and societies around the world – offers opportunities and challenges for sustainable development and has the potential to improve living standards for all.

LEAKED: Means of Implementation from the Chair

Publication | 24 August, 2002 at 0:00

The implementation of Agenda 21 and the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including those contained in the Millennium Declaration as well as in this plan of action requires a substantially increased effort, both by...

Monsanto are WANTED for crimes against the environment

Feature story | 24 August, 2002 at 0:00

Long time corporate scoundrels Monsanto are WANTED for their crimes against the planet. It started innocently enough with the production of Agent Orange for military use in Vietnam. Then came PCBs and Dioxin. Now they are after our food. Their...

Activists raid South African Power Plant

Feature story | 24 August, 2002 at 0:00

Greenpeace found its way into a nuclear power plant in South Africa to kick of the Earth Summit and its call for clean, renewable energy for 2 billiion people within the next ten years.

With Table Mountain in the background

Image | 23 August, 2002 at 1:00

With Table Mountain in the background, a Greenpeace inflatable speeds toward a future without nukes.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu joins the call for

Image | 23 August, 2002 at 1:00

Archbishop Desmond Tutu joins the call for clean energy for 2 billion of the world's poorest.

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