hell doesn’t somebody just sail a boat up there and park right next to the bomb? That’ssomething everybody can understand”
. Greenpeace has made a point of equatingecological well being with human life ever since.Self-sacrifice for environmental cause certainly shocks the observer; however,some environmentalists argue that the tactic is more dramatic than necessary. Critics likePatrick Moore (an ex-Greenpeacer) argue that thismotto of brash and risky behavior constitute “popenvironmentalism,”
which, like pop art, usesshock value and scare tactics rather thanintellectual reason to change opinions. Nevertheless, Bohlem’s idea certainly ensured thatDMWC would at least receive attention.Greenpeace brought Bohlem’s idea tofruition, but not without careful thought and planning. The first Greenpeace boat, the
, left Vancouver Harbor for Amchitka inSeptember 1971.
If the boat had departed from anAmerican dock, Greenpeace deliberated, it wouldhave created time-sensitive complications, becauseU.S. vehicles are vulnerable to arrests by U.S. officials. Thus, Greenpeace registered its boat as a
ship, so that as long as the boat remained in international waters, U.S.officials could not seize it (if they did, these officials would break international maritimelaw). What was once only national dissonance now emerged as international. Badweather prevented the ship from ever reaching Amchitka, but upon its return toVancouver, thousands of people congregated to greet the ship. Clearly, antinuclear feeling began to materialize: “Now the apocalypse had form.”
Greenpeace members,like Robert Hunter, now envisioned a dramatic change in humans’ approach to theenvironment.
Environmental Activism and World Civic Politics
Fareed Zakaria, “A Renegade Against Greenpeace,”
, April 12, 2008,http://www.newsweek.com/2008/04/12/a-renegade-against-greenpeace.html.
Warriors of the Rainbow: A Chronicle of the Greenpeace Movement