From the Executive Director
Greenpeace has been extremely vigilant as corporations and other forces try to take advantage of the COVID-19 crisis for their own agendas. It sure didn’t take long for the polluters to start trying to cash in—billionaire oil and gas CEOs and the plastics industry jumped on it right away.
We’re working to stop massive polluters from benefiting while the climate and people suffer. This crisis has also laid bare injustices which Black, Brown, and working class communities have felt for centuries: lack of health care and paid sick leave, and a system that prioritizes elites over the health of people and the planet. We need to highlight these injustices and build a better tomorrow.
Greenpeace is rising to the challenge, undeterred. Working from home our teams pivoted quickly to continue our fast paced, high stakes work.
We are doubling down on our campaign to advance climate solutions, focusing on the next COVID-19 stimulus package that will provide huge funding to help the economy. We want to be sure these public investments support a healthy, thriving economy—with clean, safe, renewable energy, rather than propping up fossil fuel corporations whose time is over. If we do this right, we will come out on the other side of this horrible crisis with much loss, for sure, but in a better place to build a healthy, prosperous, resilient economy for all.
Greenpeace is absolutely committed to continuing our advocacy and campaign work together and we’ve been experimenting with different ways to collaborate together when at home. We have had a number of video calls, for example, to share updates, provide training, and recruit people into our campaigns, often with thousands of people on the same call. And it’s working.
People all over the country are logging on and dialing in for volunteer trainings to learn how to advance climate solutions, to fight plastic pollution, to safeguard our democracy—and advance all of our important work for people and the planet. Thanks to your generous support, Greenpeace is building power in this unique time so we can hold the line against opportunistic corporate polluters and ensure that efforts to address the crisis move us towards a safer, more fair, and healthier world for all.
We’ll get through this awful crisis and arrive at a better place the same way Greenpeace always has—together, united in solidarity.
For a green and peaceful future,
Annie Leonard, Executive Director
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