‘Action is eloquence,’ said Shakespeare... and activist Andrew McParland
‘I became a Greenpeace financial supporter about20 years ago, after seeing a video where somebodytrying to stop nuclear dumping in the North Sea hadbarrels of waste dropped on his boat and wasknocked overboard. If they were willing to risk theirlife, I had to a least think about the issue.‘Several years later I ticked a box asking to becontacted by a local group and helped with localevents. My job as an engineer was very interestingintellectually but, looking back, it obviously wasn'tenough. I wanted to do something that affectedme deeply.‘Since then, I've helped organise local groups, takenquite a few direct actions, become a networkcoordinator, nonviolent direct action trainer andeventually joined the climb team.‘Being involved with alike-minded set of people who want toactually do something,and getting out anddoing it, has been thebest part for me.Training people to takepart in direct actions –a learning experience in itself –and working withthem on actions is very satisfying. Putting myself inthe way of something, or highlighting an issue,connects my beliefs to my actions.‘The challenge for Greenpeace is to find areas wherewe can make a difference through action. We needto act more.‘“Action is eloquence” as Shakespeare said.‘Get involved!’
Thousands of people came to see the Rainbow Warrior while she was docked in the UK. The ship has a rich history of taking direct action to bring about change –her presence at Copenhagen is symbolic of the action that world leaders need to take at COP15..As part of the boat team Andrew takes part in regular training sessions at sea –hence the splashy picture.
‘Putting myself in the way of something connects my beliefs to my actions.’
Sailing to the summit
Hannah Davey, communications team
As Network goes to press, Greenpeace’s flagship is on her way to COP15. Greenpeacecampaigners across the world are converging on Copenhagen, and grassroots activistsare organising an alternative summit in the city.The Rainbow Warrior moored at West India Docks in London and Cruise Liner berth inEdinburgh on the way. At November’s open boat days, Greenpeace staff and scores of active supporters talked to visitors about Greenpeace’s work while crew conductedtours round the iconic 55 metre working vessel.Greenpeace active supporter, SashaGabbe
boarded the RainbowWarrior in London to join the crew asassistant chef. Sasha is an existingmember of the Greenpeace UK boatteam and also helps coordinateGreenpeace events. ‘We are sailing!’said Sasha at the start of her tour. ‘All four sails are up and I feelat home here in the Warrior. Perversely, I’m enjoying the rollingwaves as we start our voyage up the east coast of the UK toEdinburgh... and beyond.’The Rainbow Warrior is an international symbol of hope for the planet, and whateverthe outcome at Copenhagen, the global Greenpeace community will continue to holddecision makers to their word and push for higher standards in business and politics tostop climate change at home and internationally.
David Ritter, biodiversity campaign
Greenpeace campaigners attended the World Sushi Awards in London in November toremind Nobu and other indiscriminate sushi traders that Bluefin is endangered andthey should not be serving it. Fishing quotas have been granted (albeit lower) againfor 2010 but fisheries must close if fish stocks are to recover. However, aninternational meeting in March could list Bluefin as endangered, which would make itillegal to buy or sell the fish. For the full story behind the Bluefin’s plight: The End of the Line DVD is now released and available exclusively from www.endoftheline.com
‘We are sailing! All four sails are up and I feel at home here inthe Warrior.’
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