Greenpeace is an organisation that has long styled itself as taking on people and groups it disagrees with through confrontation. Be it via sailing the Rainbow Warrior to remote atolls in the hope of preventing nuclear tests, or trying to prevent whaling vessels chase down their quarry, Greenpeace activists like to further their viewpoint in an ‘in your face’, but generally non violent manner. But one of their activists, ‘Gene Hashmi’ writing on Greenpeace’s ‘Climate Rescue weblog’, (Hat tip: Devil’s Kitchen) is encouraging a change of tack:
The proper channels have failed. It’s time for mass civil disobedience to cut off the financial oxygen from denial and skepticism.
If you’re one of those who believe that this is not just necessary but also possible, speak to us. Let’s talk about what that mass civil disobedience is going to look like.
If you’re one of those who have spent their lives undermining progressive climate legislation, bankrolling junk science, fueling spurious debates around false solutions, and cattle-prodding democratically-elected governments into submission, then hear this:
We know who you are. We know where you live. We know where you work.
And we be many, but you be few.
In response to this, the weblog editor has had to implore people in the comments section to ‘stay polite and don’t make death threats or incite violence’. He goes on to say, in an attempt to evade possible legal action, ‘Gene’s blog entry is about encouraging PEACEFUL civil disobedience – the kind of peaceful methods that liberated Gene’s country (India) from imperialism.’ Desperate stuff. But the threats, implied and explicit, are clear for all to see.
You can get an insight into the foul mouthed ignoramus on ‘Gene’s’ Twitter page (profile image above has been condensed to fit on the screen). In a further irony, his last Twitter post seems to suggest to his followers that he is off to Thailand where he will be visiting the ‘Freedom Bar’ (presumably that doesn’t include freedom of speech) on Tonsai Beach. I wonder if he did his bit for the environment by flying there..?
The fact is Greenpeace has become increasingly focussed on the opportunity for argument and confrontation provided by climate change. But it is hard for groups like Greenpeace to take on those who are sceptical of climate change in a confrontational way, because it is a battle of ideas largely conducted on the internet and through examination and discussion of scientific method and papers.
Scaling the house of a sceptic or navigating a ship into the path of a sceptic walking to the Post Office are respectively impractical and impossible. What is becoming clear is that as the public increasingly questions the climate orthodoxy put in place by the warmists campaigners, Greenpeace is becoming impatient and frustrated. Without the adrenalin rush of physical protest against a visible target on which they can vent their self righteous anger, Greenpeace activists are becoming more extreme.
We are starting to see the true, intolerant and controlling nature of the people who devote their time to telling other people what is permissible and how they should live their lives. Anyone thinking of donating money to Greenpeace might want to think twice about the kind of activity their money will be funding.
Update: Following howls of protest, Greenpeace finally and reluctantly removed the posting from their site – but it can still be read in full here. Regardless of the Greenpeace spin, the posting was not taken out of context. The threat was clear and the editors acted as apologists and spin doctors for Gene Hashmi. See Watts Up With That? for full details of the public climbdown by Greenpeace that masks a hidden endorsement of threats and intimidation being made people who disagree with the Greenpeace worldview.