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Summer 2010 Update

Summer 2010 Update

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summer update 2010
On the cover:
An orangutan hangs from a tree in Indonesia'sParadise Forests.
 © Will Rose/Greenpeace
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Greenpeace, Inc. is the leading independentcampaigning organization that uses peaceful directaction and creative communication to expose globalenvironmental problems and promote solutions thatare essential to a green and peaceful future. Pleasevisit greenpeace.org to learn more about Greenpeace,Inc. and greenpeacefund.org to learn more aboutGreenpeace Fund, Inc.
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Thomas Avila, Kellen Dunlap, Kert Davies, Lisa Finaldi,John Hocevar, Richard Kim-Solloway, Allison MacBride,Robert Meyers, Jim Riccio, Sara Rycroft, and Rolf Skar
summer update 2010
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From the Executive Director
The Climate CriminalsVermont’s NuclearReaction
• The Orangutan’sLast Stand
Obama SupportsCommercial WhalingTrader Joe’sSees The LightBluefin Ban FailsHere at Greenpeace, we judgeourselves by what we win foryou and our environment.In the past few decades, wehave scored more victories for the planet than anyother independent environmental organization in theworld: from nuclear test ban treaties, to protectionsfor the last great rainforests, to securing the entireAntarctic continent as a World Park, where all drillingand mining is banned.But, of all Greenpeace’s historic environmentalvictories, the international ban on commercial whalingis perhaps our most iconic. It took nearly a decade ofdaring activism, grassroots organizing, and tirelesscampaign work. In the end, it was all worth it: thewhaling moratorium has done wonders for the whales– it has even helped bring several species back fromthe brink of extinction.This year marks the 35th anniversary of the very firstGreenpeace campaign to save the whales and putan end to commercial whaling. But, instead of joiningus in the celebration and fulfilling his campaignpromise to Greenpeace, President Obama and hisdelegation at the International Whaling Commissionare supporting a proposal to overturn the moratoriumand reinstate commercial whaling around the world.President Obama, here is what we have to say to that:
“Not on our watch.”
For a man who inspired so much hope in all of us,and who promised the kind of change that would leadto a green and peaceful future, Barack Obama hasturned out to be a much different president than whatwe imagined.President Obama has proposed building a newgeneration of nuclear power plants, the first in nearly40 years, putting millions of human lives in danger.He has lifted a ban on offshore drilling, allowing the oilindustry to pillage parts of the East and Gulf Coasts,and the coast of Alaska.Now he threatens to destroy the last of the greatwhales. How can we expect to count on thepresident to tackle big picture issues like globalwarming if he will not even work with us on an issueas simple as stopping the slaughter of our oceans’most mysterious and majestic beings?After many years of being the Earth’s mostcourageous defender, Greenpeace knows thatvigilance must always follow victory. Just when wethought the planet was in good hands, we must nowbe more vigilant and on-guard of our environmentalvictories than ever.The reality of our current situation is unsettling but withthe support of our 3 million members worldwide,Greenpeace is prepared to tackle it head on. Asalways, I thank you for your continued support.For a Green and Peaceful Future,Philip D. RadfordExecutive Director
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