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Winter 2017

A New Day of Resistance

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From the Executive Director

The growing dangers of the Trump administration that threaten world peace, racial justice, and our water, air, climate, and health, are spurring communities to work together in ways they never have before. Activists old and new are turning outrage into action.

Everyday people are showing up en masse, ready to step up and fight for a different future. The Resistance movement is strong, a powerful demonstration of the people’s will and an effective countervailing force against the hateful, dangerous, and anti-environment Trump agenda.

What people have always needed to rise up is the sense that they can do something and that they have the power to create the future they want to see. Greenpeace has been tapping into that spirit for more than 40 years, and we know that building a movement really does require all kinds of people, so it is our job today to make this work accessible and relevant to a diversity of people, cultural experiences, and perspectives.

When Greenpeace’s Arctic Sunrise was off our own shores this fall, all were welcomed and invited on board to learn about how, working together, we can protect our communities, our coasts, and our climate. The dynamic international crew of the Arctic Sunrise is always happy to help grow our grassroots and share stories about the extraordinary things that have happened when people like you and me come together to change the world.

Together, we greet a new day in the Resistance, and we can be confident that everything in Greenpeace’s decades of experience has been practice for this moment. We are ready―and we are so glad you are part of our global community!

For a Green and Peaceful Future,

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Annie Leonard, Executive Director

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Arctic Sunrise Comes to America

By Lisa Ramsden

Protecting Our Communities, Our Coasts, and Our Climate

365 days a year, 24 hours a day, Greenpeace ships are at sea somewhere in the world. This fall the Arctic Sunrisetoured the Atlantic Coast with planned stops in New York City, Norfolk, Wilmington, Charleston, and Miami.

The Arctic Sunrise’s Atlantic Coast tour launched Greenpeace’s campaign to end ocean plastic pollution and reinvigorated the ongoing campaign to stop offshore oil drilling. Greenpeace used the ship to mobilize communities to stop the seismic blasting the oil and gas industry wants to do to survey potential offshore drilling sites from Delaware to central Florida.

Seismic Blasting

Seismic blasting involves the firing of extremely powerful bursts of compressed air towards the seafloor to find and map buried offshore oil and gas deposits. The powerful pulses of sound that seismic air guns generate are similar in intensity to a jet engine taking off and are so loud they can be detected from 2,500 miles away. Ear-splitting blasts could be fired every ten seconds, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for several weeks—or even months—at a time.

The impact on marine wildlife like whales, dolphins, sea turtles, fisheries, and many other species, is considerable, and potentially deadly. Seismic blasting can deafen marine animals and can prevent some dolphin and whale species from communicating. These animals need to use echolocation, and the relentless blasts can cause abandonment of habitat, disruption of mating and feeding, beach strandings, and even death.

Scientists estimate that blasting in the Atlantic would injure as many as 138,000 whales and dolphins, including killing or injuring nine critically endangered North Atlantic right whales.

Greenpeace’s Arctic Sunrise tour highlighted these dangers to marine wildlife, mobilizing communities and concerned people nationwide to campaign to stop seismic blasting, keep fossil fuels in the ground, and protect our coasts, our climate, and our future.

Aboard the Arctic Sunrise

Offshore Oil Drilling

Opening up the Atlantic Ocean to oil drilling is part of the overarching Trump agenda to open up our public lands and waters to the fossil fuel industry, following the rescinding of protections for our national land and water monuments, the rollback of environmental and public health safeguards, and the undoing of offshore protections from Alaska to North Carolina.

Greenpeace’s ship tour showcased the growing power of the people’s opposition to the oil and gas industry’s plans to drill for oil in the Atlantic Ocean, exposing how the government’s ties with the fossil fuel industry ultimately impact our oceans, our lands, our climate, and our lives. Offshore oil drilling will only push us faster into devastating climate chaos—while the industry profits hugely at the expense of people, wildlife, and the planet.

Ocean Plastic Pollution

Our lives are inundated with plastic packaging and products designed to be used once and tossed away without a second thought, and our oceans and communities are suffocating from it. Plastic pollution is causing irreparable harm to the health of our ecosystems and marine wildlife.

The “culture of convenience” and the throwaway lifestyle that these plastics enable are fundamental mindsets that drive consumerism and push us beyond our environmental boundaries. That is why Greenpeace’s campaign aims to shift mindsets to make single-use disposable plastics unacceptable, and eventually eliminate them.

Plastic pollution is not a waste management problem and we cannot recycle our way out of it. Rather, a lack of corporate responsibility is the issue, and our goal was for people at each stop to leave the Arctic Sunrise with tools and inspiration to challenge the industries manufacturing and using throwaway plastic to change.

The ship’s crew and Greenpeace campaigners collected and documented plastic found in harbors, at sea, and in nearby coastal and inland areas to bring attention to the plastic pollution crisis. As communities came together for beach and river cleanups and brand audits, people were inspired to become change agents in making single-use plastics a thing of the past.

A New Day of Resistance Aboard the Arctic Sunrise

Greenpeace ships make it possible for us to document what is at stake in ways nothing else can— in this case, bearing witness to plastics pollution and mobilizing to stop seismic blasting and offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean.

The Arctic Sunrise is no stranger to this work, having undertaken an epic journey in northeast Greenland two years ago to investigate seismic blasting and how it was disrupting and harming ocean life in the Arctic. It was something that was happening in near secret far away from the public eye until Greenpeace exposed it for the world to see.

The Greenpeace Ship Arctic Sunrise

Just this summer, Norwegian authorities arrested the Arctic Sunrise and its crew for peacefully protesting Norway’s state-owned oil company’s reckless drilling in the Arctic. Peaceful activists neared the oil platform in the Barents Sea with kayaks and inflatable boats, while swimmers were in the waters protesting with hand banners to deliver this message to the Norwegian government from around the world: Put People Over Arctic Oil.

Britt Baker, a Greenpeace activist at the location, said:

“As an American and global citizen, Trump’s decision to retreat from the Paris climate agreement and boost fossil fuels at the expense of people around the world was devastating. Likewise, we see the Norwegian government opening new oil areas in the Arctic at full throttle, in spite of knowing the dangers it will have for future generations.”

Learn more about the ship tour and take action for our oceans at greenpeace.org/usa/shiptour

Lisa Ramsden

Greenpeace USA Action Campaigner

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Big Win for Indigenous Rights Over Fossil Fuels

By Farrah Khan

After three years of tireless legal action, the Clyde River Inuit have stopped seismic blasting to search for offshore oil deposits in the Canadian Arctic. In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court of Canada issued a landmark ruling in favor of the Inuit hamlet of Clyde River that will have far-reaching and lasting impacts across Canada in terms of Indigenous rights and resource extraction projects, including Arctic oil exploration, tar sands, and pipelines.

The marine life upon which the 1,000-person community has traditionally depended for food security could have been harmed, even killed, by the deafening noise of the seismic blasts. Now, marine animals like beluga, bowhead, and narwhals will be protected, and the Clyde River Inuit community’s culture and way of life can continue.

“Like all people, we want economic opportunities to flow into our communities. But we know that we are part of the land, and an economy that destroys the earth destroys ourselves,”

said Jerry Natanine, a community leader and former mayor of Clyde River, in welcoming the ruling.

Sam Ford Fjord North of Clyde River

Learn more at greenpeace.org/usa/ClydeRiver

Farrah Khan

Greenpeace Canada Arctic Campaigner

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Greenpeace Climbers Scale Giant Sequoias for Science

By Basil Tsimoyianis

In a unique partnership, six intrepid climbers with Greenpeace ascended the world’s largest trees in Sequoia National Park, CA to support scientific research during the 2017 study season in June.

UC Berkeley lead scientist Dr. Anthony Ambrose and his research partner Wendy Baxter were the team’s vertical guides to the giant sequoias and the techniques, methods, and ecosystems of the study. To ultimately provide tools for landscape-scale assessments and planning, the study continued research conducted in prior years comparing the water status and physiology of the trees to evaluate giant sequoia responses and potential recovery from severe drought.

All climbing for the study was done on single rope systems with climbers working independently to collect samples at both the lower and upper canopy, pulling 600 feet of climb line into each tree studied. The largest of the sequoias are as tall as an average 26-story building, and their diameters at the base exceed the width of many city streets —an exciting experience for a team eager to use climbing skills for research purposes. Anything for “vertical science!”

Basil Tsimoyianis

Greenpeace USA Actions Unit Training Coordinator | Rope Tech

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People Before Pipelines

By Diana Best

The Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines are not the only fossil fuel infrastructures threatening communities across the United States and Canada. Pipeline resistance has become a hallmark of the people-powered movement to stop the expansion of the oil and gas industry—led by Indigenous groups, private landowners, ranchers, and affected communities.

Motivated, organized resistance to these six projects aims to escalate the movement to put people before pipelines:

  1. Kinder Morgan’s TransMountain Pipeline in Canada would ship nearly 1 million barrels of the world’s dirtiest crude oil per day across Alberta and British Columbia and make the U.S. Pacific Northwest an oil tanker superhighway if completed.
  2. Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement pipeline construction on both the Canadian and Wisconsin sides of Lake Superior is underway, with permits not yet secured for construction across 300 miles of Minnesota.
  3. The Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines would bring billions of cubic feet of fracked natural gas from West Virginia through Virginia and deep into North Carolina.
  4. The Mariner East Pipeline is actually two separate pipelines to transport fossil fuel products east from the Marcellus Shale through Pennsylvania.
  5. Energy Transfer Partners’ Bayou Bridge Pipeline would run through territory belonging to the Houma Nation in Louisiana, and threaten the water source for hundreds of thousands of people.
  6. Plains All American’s Diamond Pipeline would transport Texas crude oil 440 miles across Oklahoma and Arkansas into Tennessee, crossing 500 wetlands and 5 major drinking water sources.

Stopping these dangerous pipelines that violate the rights of those in their path and investing in clean, renewable energy is our only option if we’re going to stop runaway climate change.

The costs of these pipeline projects can run into multiple billions of dollars and Greenpeace is part of an international coalition urging financial institutions fronting them to pull their investments because of the risks they pose.

Sign the Greenpeace petition at greenpeace.org/usa/Pipelines and tell JPMorgan Chase to Stop funding dirty tar sands oil!

Diana Best

Greenpeace USA Senior Climate and Energy Campaigner

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Greenpeace Report Exposes Risks of Spills

By Tim Donaghy

A new Greenpeace report documents the persistent threat of spills from oil pipelines with a policy brief and accompanying map showing the location and size of hundreds of spills since 2010, resulting from pipelines belonging to just three companies and their subsidiaries.

The “Dirty Three” are Enbridge, Kinder Morgan, and TransCanada—and their subsidiaries and joint ventures—and they are all at varying stages of developing four controversial oil pipelines from Canada’s Tar Sands across the North American continent.

Some key Greenpeace findings:

  • Despite industry claims, pipeline spills have remained a steady problem, with significant spills of crude oil and petroleum products increasing over the last several years. The companies’ 373 spills since 2010 account for a total of 63,221 barrels of hazardous liquids, including Enbridge’s 20,082 barrels of tar sands oil spilled into the Kalamazoo River.
  • The U.S. crude oil pipeline system as a whole has averaged one significant incident and a total of approximately 570 barrels released per year per 1,000 miles of pipe, over the past 10 years. The map shows that spills have been widespread in states and regions across the Dirty Three’s pipeline networks.
  • Extrapolating from current rates of incidents, Keystone XL could see 59 significant spills in a 50-year lifetime and Line 3 Expansion could see 51.
  • Along with being far more carbon-intensive than conventional crude, diluted bitumen, the form of crude oil that is transported by pipelines, has been shown to be much harder to clean up when spilled in water. Both Line 3 Expansion and Keystone XL make multiple water crossings and run near key water resources and wetland habitats.

The report’s coverage is limited to spills in the United States, where TransCanada is attempting to re-ignite its ambitions to build the Keystone XL pipeline, and where Enbridge is in the late stages of permitting for its Line 3 Expansion pipeline. The pipeline will travel over 1,000 miles, crossing North Dakota and Minnesota to its destination on Lake Superior in Wisconsin.

Far from being necessary, these proposed pipelines are efforts to expand production capacity from Alberta’s tar sands and the threat they pose to our water resources is considerable.
Read Greenpeace’s Report and View Map at greenpeace.org/usa/DirtyThree

Tim Donaghy

Greenpeace USA Senior Research Specialist

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Greenpeace Under Legal Attack

By Thomas W. Wetterer

Earlier this year Resolute’s meritless lawsuit against Greenpeace was transferred to the Northern District of California, and the hearing on Greenpeace’s motions to dismiss the lawsuit was scheduled for October 10, 2017 in the federal district court in San Francisco.

But now, in response to the powerful alliance of Indigenous communities and activists who stood up to the Dakota Access pipeline, its builder, Energy Transfer Partners, has also enlisted Donald Trump’s go-to lawyers at Kasowitz Benson Torres to attack Greenpeace with a multimillion-dollar lawsuit.

The complaint repackages spurious allegations and legal claims made against Greenpeace by the Kasowitz firm on behalf of Resolute Forest Products. It is yet another classic “Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation” (SLAPP), not designed to seek justice, but to silence free speech through expensive, time-consuming litigation. This has now become a pattern of harassment by corporate bullies, with Trump’s attorneys leading the way.

Despite these direct attacks with abusive legal measures, Greenpeace will not back down from these critical fights for environmental and social justice.

Clearcutting Free Speech—What’s at Stake

If you look at the planet from above, the Great Northern Forest appears as a green wreath circling the Arctic, covering much of Canada, Russia, and the Nordic countries. For more than 10,000 years the Boreal Forest has grown and adapted—an ancient and living forest that is a global treasure shaped by natural forces and stewarded by Indigenous Peoples.

The Boreal Forest serves as an important and stunning refuge for some of the world’s iconic wildlife like the endangered Woodland Caribou and a diversity of animals from moose to flying squirrels to lynx to the bald eagle and boreal owl. Canada’s Boreal Forest contains some of the world’s last large areas of intact forest undisturbed by industrial development. Globally, the Boreal Forest is the world’s largest and most important forest carbon storehouse, protecting our climate by holding more carbon than all tropical rainforests combined.

For these reasons, Greenpeace has been proud to raise public concern for the protection of this forest for years.

Learn more at greenpeace.org/usa/resolutelawsuits

Thomas W. Wetterer

Greenpeace USA General Counsel

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Create Your Legacy for the Earth

Longtime Greenpeace supporter Rose Shure died last year

But her great concern for the protection of the environment lives on.


Rose Shure believed in the importance of basic needs such as clean air and water for people and the planet, and she had a great appreciation for and connection to magnificent lands she thought should belong to everyone to enjoy. Rose acted on those personal convictions throughout her more than 30 years of supporting Greenpeace, and her legacy lives on today, continuing to create her vision for the future and progress for the Earth. The struggle to save our planet will continue long after we are gone. But that doesn’t mean that our voices become silent. By leaving a legacy to Greenpeace, you can continue to be an advocate for the planet that future generations will inherit. If you would like to know more about how you can remember Greenpeace in you estate plans, please contact Corrine Barr:

1 (800) 328-0678 corrine.barr@greenpeace.org

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Jee Kim, Greenpeace Fund, Inc. Board Member

Board Member Highlight

Jee is a movement builder, resource mobilizer, and dot connector for social change.

As Executive Director of the Narrative Initiative, Jee’s work supports social justice leaders, advocates, and organizers to better understand and deploy the power of narrative to build fairer, more inclusive societies. In his prior work at the Ford Foundation and numerous start-ups in both the public and private sector, Jee promoted civic engagement and grassroots mobilization for justice and social change. He received his Master’s from Oxford University and his undergraduate degree from Columbia University.

Jee Kim, Greenpeace Fund, Inc. Board Member

Jee is also a certified yoga instructor and lives in Brooklyn, NY. But the role of his lifetime and the one Jee loves most by far is that of new dad to the adorable Alé!

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