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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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Make-or-break moment for Arctic protection

Blog entry by Magnus Eckeskog | 29 February, 2016 3 comments

This week, an unremarkable event can play a remarkable role to protect life in the Arctic. A part of the permanent ice cover on which life in the Arctic depends can soon be protected from destructive activities. If this protection...

Thousands call for #safepassage in Europe

Blog entry by Aaron Gray-Block | 29 February, 2016

As thousands of people gathered across Europe on Saturday to call for refugee rights, a human chain of hands was formed on a stony Lesbos beach next to a banner demanding ‘No more deaths’. Lesbos is on the frontline of Europe’s...

Love the Oscars? You’ll love these environmental films too

Blog entry by Shuk-Wah Chung | 29 February, 2016 4 comments

Rising seas, severe droughts, catastrophic storms, people foraging for food. Sounds like a backdrop for a post-apocalyptic film but this is climate change, and it’s the real-life blockbuster happening right now. Whether it’s Al...

Interview with a polar bear expert

Blog entry by Larissa Beumer | 27 February, 2016

This year, celebrate International Polar Bear Day by learning more about these amazing animals from a scientist who has studied them for decades.   Thor S. Larsen is a pioneer in polar bear research. He began his academic...

Adorable Japanese couple devastated by Fukushima turn lives around with solar

Blog entry by Ai Kashiwagi | 26 February, 2016

For the past 30 years, Shin and Tatsuko Okawara spent their lives working as organic farmers. With their own organic farm, rural work was in their blood - tilling, planting and harvesting crops from the same soil their family worked on...

We climbed one of China’s most beautiful mountains and did it in PFC-free clothing

Blog entry by Icey Tsui, A.M. and Deng Lin | 26 February, 2016 1 comment

The majestic Four Sisters Mountains, in Sichuan Province, Mainland China. On January 19, a rare meteorological event allowed a record cold current from the Arctic to slide south into Mainland China. As the frigid polar air kept...

Iceland's fin whale hunt cancelled for 2016

Blog entry by Willie Mackenzie | 25 February, 2016 1 comment

No endangered fin whales will be hunted in Iceland this year. This is great news. Word today from colleagues in Iceland, and now reports in both Icelandic and  English-language media  confirm that the planned hunt for fin...

Five years on and the Fukushima crisis is far from over

Blog entry by Shaun Burnie | 24 February, 2016 8 comments

Five years ago the Rainbow Warrior sailed along the Fukushima coast conducting radiation sampling. Now it's back, and has Japan's ex-Prime Minister on board. Greenpeace Ship Rainbow Warrior Sailing past the destroyed Fukushima...

Hope floats at heavenly lake

Blog entry by Elena Sakirko and Konstantin Fomin | 23 February, 2016

This month the fate of a Russian jewel will be decided in a small town in Western Siberia. The town is Beloyarsky and the jewel is the Numto nature preserve. The oil company Surgutneftegas already extracts oil from the park but now...

Ancient trees are burning in Tasmania...and some will never grow back

Blog entry by Jessica Panegyres | 23 February, 2016 1 comment

For the past month fires have ravaged through parts of Tasmania’s World Heritage listed forests, destroying 1,000 year old trees. Is this the new normal? Over 100,000 hectares have been damaged by bushfires, including parts of...

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