As my fundraiser has come to an end and the money is being processed to Greenpeace I have some final words to quote: “A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people. ” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
This is beautiful statement is one of a kind, it is so well spoken and completely true. I raised a grand total of $210 and I have never been so proud. The feeling that one gets when they help support the perfect non-profit organization is fulfilling and it makes my heart happy. This money is going towards the environmental justice needed for our earth. I can’t express enough how I feel knowing that I have made my knowledge known to those in my life and that I have taken my knowledge and put it to action. I chose to take on the opportunity to help our earth and its issues that we have caused. Without people like myself, those who donated, and the professor who taught me. Money would not have been raised or donated to Greenpeace and we wouldn’t be one step closer to our earths justice.
Greenpeace will now be taking in $210 for the ocean, forest protection, saving the arctic, fighting global warming, and living a toxic free life. Without the earth, living is impossible. The only way we can survive in the future is if we change our ways and lifestyles to help fight against environmental violence and to choose to protect our earth.
One of the largest statements that Greenpeace has made is to resist. Resist the government and their bills to cover up our earth’s problems. It is hard to believe that something so natural is now being controlled by business men and billionaires. If it were up to me a truly would not have the environment or anything that involves it become a political issue, but of course we know that will never happen. Once the politics have started rolling in they will never stop. Greenpeace has tried extremely hard to keep the government and all of those who are involved away from their non-profit organization. In fact they make some serious declarations about it. Their website says,
“This past presidential election did not go well. The winner was selected by a minority of voters. And now he is stacking his cabinet with billionaires and business-people who only have their own interests at heart.
First and foremost, our democracy should represent the interests of the people — interests like a safe climate and healthy environment.
A democracy flooded by corporate money, attacks on voting rights, and gridlock limits the progress we can make on challenges that affect us all — including environmental protection.”
They have a set list of what they are fighting for and what they along with their allies are in battle to achieve. Greenpeace is working towards “A broad, diverse and inclusive democracy in which every voice counts”, “An end to corporate money and influence in politics”, “Free and fair access to the right to vote, a cornerstone of our democracy” these goals would be easy to achieve, at least one would think. But according to Greenpeace themselves along with their employees the government is blocking the world and its people from needed resources, clean water, less pollution, and most of all the money that could be used to help reverse the bad situation we have placed ourselves within.
When a viewer first enters the Greenpeace website they encounter all types of encouraging words such as, protection, toxic free, fighting, saving, defending, and sustainable. But resistance is the complete opposite of these words. Resistance means, the refusal to accept or comply with something, this is what Greenpeace is trying to do against the government. Although what they are doing is for the better of our earth seeing the word resistance kind of makes you think twice. I understand that the government is slowly taking away funds to protect the earth but maybe rather than resisting we should work together. The more the better is true in this case, the more people that are trying to go green and help save the earth then the more change will actually happen.
The latest news that has occurred from our government is that Donald Trump has reduced the size of both Bear Ears and Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monuments. This is the largest elimination of protected land in American history. Bear Ears is known to be the largest place where cultural resources come from in the country. The fact that this has now been reduced to a minimum amount of land is absurd. When this news came out it broke the hearts of millions, including me. I cant even imagine a world without environmentally protected land that is suddenly just not there anymore. This is where people seem to forget that without this land and these resources we are killing ourselves, one mile at a time. Huge companies like Patagonia clothing have taken their own ways of action against the governments destruction. I was shocked to see this issue actually come into play in our worlds reality. The resistance against the government has rightfully come through in the last couple of years and even more so in the last couple of months. Greenpeace along with hundreds of other non-profit organizations are fighting the battle of government funded environmental destruction.
The recent video gone viral is of a starving polar bear that was filmed by photographer Paul Nicklen. The video is of a scary skinny polar bear who is walking across iceless land. The bears fur is dragging along with him because he has no muscle or meat on his bones to hold it up anymore. The video sent almost every viewer away crying, it was heart wrenching to watch. I think it is very often that animals like the bear just go unnoticed, we are too busy with our personal lives to realize that even though things in our home aren’t dying, all around the world they are.
The photographer in the National Geographic Magazine stated that he didn’t intervene and end the torture of this pure animal because, “But it’s not like I walk around with a tranquilizer gun or 400 pounds of seal meat.” The goal for even having this video was to show how badly the worlds climate is changing. Climate change has been a huge controversial topic over the last five or so years. It has become more popular and more known but this like many other things with the environment just seems to be a topic of discussion. As humans we are surrounded by the most beautiful thing, earth itself and all that it has to offer. We have to take action against the destruction that we have caused because this video is just of one struggling polar bear, there are hundreds in the same situation.
The struggling of the bear, starving literally to his death, is what we have done. We need to take the responsibility for killing these animals. If it weren’t for our toxic chemicals, burning fuels, and trashing our earths surface this bear would most likely be surviving happily on his own. According to National Geographic, “Polar bears have long been unwitting mascots for the effects of climate change. As animals that live only in Arctic regions, they’re often the first to feel the impacts of warming temperatures and rising seas.” It is a sad feeling knowing that this is just the beginning of climate change and this one bear is one compared to the millions of animals that will be effected or killed off from climate change.
Greenpeace is fighting specifically against global warming and to Save the Arctic. Greenpeace is highly knowledgeable about what the arctic is doing for our earth and how it works when it comes to global warming. They stated,
“Here’s how it works: Arctic sea ice keeps the planet cool by reflecting sunlight. As climate change takes hold and the world gets warmer, the ice is melting and the oceans are absorbing sunlight. This makes the planet even warmer, causing the ice to melt even faster.
As the Arctic ice melts, the oil under Arctic waters becomes an increasingly attractive target for the oil industry. That’s right — oil that was once out of reach because the Arctic was frozen is now accessible because of climate change. And the very companies responsible for climate change want more oil to make climate change worse.”
I really enjoy being able to learn from their perspective on how the arctic is helping with global warming. It is important to understand how the earth is working and how without the arctic and its ice the waters are rising and the world is becoming hotter.
Greenpeace’s main statement about global warming is one that is very memorable. It says, “The devastating impacts of climate change are clear. Our world is warmer than ever before, and people and wildlife are already suffering the consequences. But that’s nothing compared to what we’re leaving future generations if these trends continue. It’s time to stop the destruction. It’s time for an energy [r]evolution.” This powerful statement is so true and it seems so simple and easy to understand in the way that they say it. Their fight to help the animals, the earth, and climate change is really important to the future generations, their lives, and homes.
We have officially reached our goal of $200 for Greenpeace! Since the fundraiser has gone so well I raised the goal even more to $250. The more money the better. I am shocked to see the serious amounts of effort and money that was donated to help my cause and final project. Due to the goal being reach, I decided to one again ask Alice Newberry about where my money is actually going. She isn’t personally in the financing department but she did lead me to their tax and financial statements for each year. I was very impressed to see how open Greenpeace is with their funding, how much money they make, and where it all comes from. I took their most recent years financial statement and started to process the numbers. Alice had mentioned previously that the whole goal for having a nonprofit to protect the environment was going to be based around not taking any money or funding from the government and corporations.
In the year 2016 Greenpeace’s total revenue was $38,582,526. This is the amount of money that was taken in from fundraisers, donations, and grants. This is an insane amount of money. Once I had seen this total I started thinking about how almost 39 million dollars would be helping the environment and there was definitely a lot that can be done with that. They can push farther into purifying our water, reducing chemicals, and most importantly stopping the government from overlooking the importance of our earths wellness. For the mission statement about what Greenpeace is trying to do they wrote, “Greenpeace INC. is an independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful, creative confrontation to expose global environmental problems, and to force solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future” that statement right there is how we all as human beings should live by. Everything we do should be in the best interest for our environment and for the future that our children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren will have. If we continue to ruin the places that we live then where will our future descendants find their homes?
Now that the money is starting to come in with my fundraiser I decided it was needed to dig deeper into Greenpeace. Of course their website is outstanding it is just draws you right in but the real question is; what do the people working there feel about what they do for a living. I had the opportunity to speak with Alice Newberry, an active community engangement specialist at Greenpeace. I asked her about what she does there and her response was,
“I am someone who fights to help for our environment. Greenpeace is an organization that really isn’t afraid of holding corporations and government accountable and that is super unique.”
I loved being able to hear from someone who is right in the middle of the whole thing about what they feel about Greenpeace. I then asked Alice what she loved about working at Greenpeace and her response was,
“I love getting to be around really inspiring individuals who are all really passionate about the environment. There’s a shared unity that I feel when our team pulls together actions, achieve wins, and even feel losses together.”
I, as most people would, assumed that those who work for different non-profits love doing what they do. They have the opportunity to change things no matter what they are. When it comes to our earth it is hard to understand that money is something that is a major factor in making lifestyle changes. How can a dollar change the amount of trash that someone throws out their window or how does twenty dollars make someone not wash their car in their driveway? I realized while researching Greenpeace that it isn’t about how the money will change someones habits. It is that the money can allow for more trash cans, better environmental disposals of waste, higher quality water filters and many more.
We can’t remove every ounce of trash or chemicals from our earth and water but we can come pretty damn close and if $200 can make this closer to happening then I would raise money for Greenpeace every year because one step small closer is better than nothing at all.
I am a current student at Keene State College and I am enrolled in an Environmental English course where we have studied the many forms of environmental writing. For my final project I wanted to come up with an idea where I can actually make a difference. I will be raising money to donate to Greenpeace, an organization that is built around saving our earth and changing the bad habits that we have become accustom to. Greenpeace is a fantastic organization that helps all parts of the earth as a whole. Their main statement is, “Greenpeace will never stop fighting for a greener, healthier world for our oceans, forests, food, climate, and democracy- no matter what forces stand in our way.” Help me save our earth and to take a real stand against environmental violence!
My goal is to raise $200 to donate towards Greenpeace in honor of what they are doing to help our earth. I plan to help save our earth little bits at a time and without funds this isn’t possible. Greenpeace is a great organization where they focus on the earth as a whole. “Greenpeace Fund, Inc.’s mission is to halt environmental destruction and to promote solutions for future generations though public education, grassroots lobbying and grants to other environmental organizations.”
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