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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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Glyphosate's under the spotlight

Blog entry by Patrizia Cuonzo | 30 March, 2015

Pesticide Action Week 2015 had just started when I had read some interesting news: "Roundup weedkiller 'probably'* causes cancer, says WHO study" The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) – an agency affiliated...

Major US tuna brands connected to slavery at sea and human rights abuses

Blog entry by John Hocevar | 26 March, 2015 2 comments

The Associated Press recently released results of an investigation into slavery on Southeast Asian fishing trawlers that supply major supermarkets and seafood companies throughout the United States. The enslaved men featured in the...

The strong arm of the Grrrowd

Blog entry by Kumi Naidoo | 26 March, 2015 1 comment

Grrrowd is a powerful new model for crowdfunding legal cases involving human and environmental rights. It's the Kickstarter of class action suits, the Indiegogo of good cases for good causes. It's the place where a poor Mexican...

Defending Mexico's water

Blog entry by Robin Perkins | 24 March, 2015 1 comment

This weekend the world celebrated World Water Day – a reminder of how crucial it is for us to protect and defend our waterways and ensure we can all have access to clean, safe water – a human right, recognised by the United Nations. ...

The global water crisis – The elephant in the room

Blog entry by Iris Cheng | 22 March, 2015

Why are so few talking about coal's impact on already scarce water resources? Despite the global water crisis being identified as the top risk to people across the globe, very few are taking a stand to protect dwindling water...

Arctic sea ice: When the maximum is not enough

Blog entry by Isadora Wronski | 20 March, 2015 3 comments

Ice is not exactly what's on top of your mind when you're sitting in an air-conditioned office, or in your cosy home. But if you're worried about climate change, like I am, then you might want to sit down before reading any further. ...

Cameroon: An example of the work needed to combat illegal logging

Blog entry by Eric Ini | 20 March, 2015

Policy wonks, experts, campaigners and other stakeholders met in Brussels this week to discuss progress under the European Union's Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action plan. Yet the effectiveness of the...

What the fashion industry looks like after 4 years of Detox

Blog entry by Yixiu Wu | 19 March, 2015 10 comments

10% of the global retail fashion industry is committed to eliminating toxic chemicals. But without you, this would've been zero. This is what hundred of thousands of people can do when they are united in the belief that beautiful...

Cracking down on illegal and destructive fishing

Blog entry by Celia Ojeda Martinez and Ariana Densham | 18 March, 2015 3 comments

Between  €9 - €23bn worldwide is lost every year to illegal fishing , much of it driven by organized crime. Before legislation came into force in 2011, an estimated €1.1bn worth of illegal fishing products was imported into the EU. ...

Is this a blip or a tip in humanity's onslaught on the climate?

Blog entry by Kumi Naidoo | 18 March, 2015 5 comments

Reports that the growth in carbon pollution paused last year should give heart to climate campaigners and clean energy investors around the world. The figures, from the International Energy Agency, no less, will come as a cold shower...

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