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Commentary :: Human Rights
BTL:GreenPeace Targets and Collaborates with Corporations to Combat Global Warming
11 Apr 2009
BETWEEN THE LINES Syndicated Radio Newsmagazine
GreenPeace Targets and Collaborates with Corporations to Combat Global Warming

Except of speech by Gerd Leipold, international director of Greenpeace, recorded and produced by Melinda Tuhus

Greenpeace is best known as a direct action environmental organization that sends rubber rafts full of activists to confront whaling ships, tries to shut down nuclear facilities, and hangs huge banners from skyscrapers denouncing dirty coal and other environmental abuses. But the organization has recently also undertaken campaigns to change corporate behavior, and even collaborated with some companies to achieve mutually desirable goals.

In a talk at Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies on April 6, the International executive director of Greenpeace, Gerd Leipold, spoke about those campaigns, sometimes targeting, and unexpectedly collaborating with corporate giants like Apple, McDonald's and Coca-Cola.

Leipold began volunteering with Greenpeace in Germany in 1980. With a background in physics and a Ph.D. in oceanography, Leipold has helped to better ground the organization in science, and is one of the leaders who believes corporations can play a positive role. But he knows that progress can be reversed, as when oil giant British Petroleum turned green, but then, with its exploitation of tar sands oil, recently became dirtier than ever. The following is an excerpt of Leipold's talk at Yale University.

Contact Greenpeace at (202) 462-1177 or visit their website at This segment was recorded and produced by Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus.



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