Greenpeace: Destroying Coral Reefs To Save Them

Greenpeace has a long history of claiming to run campaigns dedicated to saving environmental sanctuaries. Yet they are happy to exploit the emotional impact of the destruction of nature to raise funds and recruit members, but less interested in acting to help maintain the earth.

In 2005 Greenpeace’s flagship Rainbow Warrior II ran aground at Tubbatha Reef Marine Park, in the Sulu Sea in the Philippines. Park Officials said almost 1,076 sq ft of precious coral reef had been damaged. The boat had been in the water to allow Greenpeace divers to inspect the reef for damage caused by global warming; they also used the moment to have a photo shoot. What they did not realize is they themselves were damaging the invaluable reefs.

Before Greenpeace damaged the reefs themselves, regional Greenpeace official Red Constantino said the reef was completely healthy, with no evidence of bleaching. Coral reef bleaching is believed to be caused by warmer sea temperatures.

The environmental group was fined $7000 for their desecration of the World Heritage site. Although they agreed to pay the fine they later stated that the Philippines government was to blame for providing the million dollar environmental group with outdated maps. You think the group, with its $360 million dollar global empire could afford to put a GPS system on their flagship.

I guess Greenpeace would rather damage the environment themselves than admit that rising temperatures are the not having the detrimental effects on the environment that they so adamantly propagate. By using the apocalyptic image of the ocean stripped of its coral reefs, Greenpeace keeps raking in the donations while damaging the very nature they vowed to protect.

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