From the Executive Director
Corporate attempts to censor, intimidate, and silence us with abusive legal tactics did not succeed. We were vindicated in court in both of the baseless multi-million-dollar lawsuits filed against Greenpeace and others by two different powerful corporations. In both cases the corporate attempt to criminalize advocacy work with racketeering claims (RICO) failed resoundingly.
Corporations looking to file meritless lawsuits to intimidate their critics and silence dissent will now be met by a strong legal precedent on the books. Judges didn’t tolerate these abusive legal tactics and that is not only a huge victory for Greenpeace, it’s also a victory for every other advocacy organization and civil society at large.
We are on the right side of history and Greenpeace will continue to fight for the ability of all people to advocate for a green and peaceful future. And this year, our oceans are a big focus.
Greenpeace’s most ambitious expedition in our history is underway, a ten-month ship tour sailing from pole to pole to build the case for creating a network of marine sanctuaries as the United Nations negotiates a Global Ocean Treaty. The Esperanza is highlighting the beauty and importance of what we stand to lose without strong protections on the high seas.
We are using this expedition to build an unprecedented bank of documentary evidence about the state of our oceans. Along the way, we’ll collaborate on research projects with scientists and share our findings widely. We’ll strengthen the case for creating ocean sanctuaries and galvanize millions of people around the world to take action in support of progressive global legislation.
This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to secure a massive victory for the future of our oceans and marine wildlife, and Greenpeace is going all-in. We are excited about this historic expedition and the discoveries we will make, and I hope you are as well.
Every ship in our Greenpeace fleet, every expedition, and every journey we lead is possible because of your generous support. Thank you for helping us create a better world!
For a green and peaceful future,
Annie Leonard, Executive Director
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