Oil fuels war

Greenpeace joins anti-war march at the III World Social Forum

Press release - 23 January, 2003

Greenpeace joins participants of the World Social Forum in a protest against war with Iraq.

Today Greenpeace will protest the war against Iraq, joining the participants of the World Social Forum (WSF) 2003. Activists will carry the banner Oil Fuels War / Save the Planet in the peace march that marks the opening of the III Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Greenpeace opposes war, including the one against Iraq. For 30 years, the international organization has campaigned against nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction. Greenpeace believes these weapons must be eliminated by Iraq, the United States and all countries that possess them.

"This war is largely about oil, not about Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction! If the United States (which has the world s largest supply of weapons of mass destruction of all sorts) were serious about eliminating nuclear weapons, why has it taken no sanctions against North Korea, which makes no secret of its nuclear plans? The answer: North Korea does not have oil. However replacing Saddam Hussein will give US oil companies access to the world's second largest oil reserve," said Lasse Gustavsson, of Greenpeace International.

Greenpeace made their comments on the first day of the World Social Forum a meeting where social, environment and indigenous movements, as well as trade unions, come together to demand action and hold governments and corporations accountable.

It comes less than six months after the World Summit for Sustainable Development 2002 in Johannesburg where there was a clear failure of governments to address the social and environmental challenges facing our planet or to demonstrate a political will to take action

At the WSF, Greenpeace will be promoting three key objectives: supporting new renewable energy and opposing nuclear power; protesting against genetically modified organisms and Monsanto's take over of the world s staple food crops; and mobilising for the next World Trade Organisation meeting in Cancun, Mexico, in September 2003. Specifically, Greenpeace Brazil will launch its campaign against the Brazilian proposal to build a third nuclear power plant Angra 3 and in favour of incentives for new renewable energy sources.

Corporate-driven globalisation is fuelling wars, environmental destruction and social degradation, said Marcelo Furtado, of Greenpeace International. We re here to oppose that and share proposals for a just and sustainable future.

Notes: The Third World Social Forum meeting will take place in Porto Alegre, Brazil, from January 23 through January 28, 2003.Monsanto briefing Monsanto out of our food available at http://www.greenpeace.org.br/wsf2003/pdf/monsanto.pdf More information on Greenpeace activities at the WSF can be found at http://www.greenpeace.org.br/wsf2003