Once again Greenpeace chose marketing over ethics in a deeply offensive and destructive action at a sacred site in Peru last week.
While Greenpeace ED Kumi Naidoo has made a videotaped apology for this action, I don’t buy it.
I personally witnessed Kumi’s questionable tactics at the UN Climate talks in Durban where he orchestrated a fake “arrest” with UN security so that the media would run photos of him being led out of the talks in handcuffs — another marketing ploy. How do I know this was a fake arrest? Because a colleague and I engaged in civil disobedience at the same action, refusing to comply with UN security, and were carried out of the talks and banned permanently from all future talks. But there were no handcuffs.
Kumi, on the other hand, worked hand in hand with security throughout the youth-led action to ensure the youth left in an orderly fashion.
For my report from this incident, read my post “Showdown at the Durban Disaster: Challenging the Big Green Patriarchy.”
–Anne Petermann, GJEP