Instead of actually reporting news, it appears that the global media will pick and choose which stories to run, especially if it concerns the major embarrassment of a liberal ‘crusader.’
However, almost no major media outlets picked up on the story.
“We have made a mistake, one that we have tried to correct,” Greenpeace International admitted, adding the group allowed Rainbow Warrior II “to be scrapped on a beaching yard in Bangladesh, in a way that does not live up to the standards we set ourselves and campaigned with our allies to have adopted across the world.”
The humiliating admission from one of the world’s largest and most prominent environmental groups was ignored by most media companies.
“Indeed, Rainbow Warrior II’s fate is only the latest in a string of embarrassments and scandals to plague Greenpeace in recent years, including admitting in 2014 it had lost millions in donations betting on currency speculation.”
“That same year, Greenpeace came under fire from the Peruvian government for damaging the ancient Nazca Lines. Activists damaged the world-famous site with giant protest banners advocating for solar energy and calling for countries to fight global warming.”
The first “Rainbow Warrior” put Greenpeace in the headlines by protesting nuclear weapons testing in the late 1970s, but French special forces sunk it in New Zealand in 1985.
However, the group got another diesel powered boat, which it used for over 20 years to protest whaling, fishing and nuclear tests.
“Critics relentlessly pointed out the group’s hypocrisy for using oil while simultaneously campaigning against its extraction.”
“Greenpeace gave its replacement Rainbow Warrior II boat to the Bangladeshi non-profit Friendship in 2011 after it was deemed no longer fit for high-seas travel. Friendship used the boat as a floating hospital for years until 2018.
“As part of its agreement with Friendship, Greenpeace retained veto rights over how the ship would be disposed. Friendship sold Rainbow Warrior II to a Bangladeshi beaching yard where it would be scrapped using a method they spent years campaigning against.
“Greenpeace, after initially approving of this plan, publicly backtracked in mid-November. Rainbow Warrior II was hauled into a beach where it ‘readied to be cut up’ and sold as scrap. Environmental groups have campaigned against these sorts of beach shipyards for years.”
The group admitted the boat was scrapped “in a way that does not live up to the standards we set ourselves and campaigned with our allies to have adopted across the world”
“We should have consulted our partners in the NGO Shipbreaking Platform and the Basel Action Network, we did not. No excuse. We should have,” Greenpeace International wrote.
“Greenpeace’s admission went completely unnoticed by major media outlets until Friday when the German-language newspaper Der Spiegel published a scathing article on the debacle.”
“The numerous toxins in the ships, such as asbestos or PCB, get unhindered into the environment,” Der Spiegel writer Nicolai Kwasniewski wrote.
Greenpeace Norway officials explained the decision was “the result of a major internal error” made “without consulting either its own expertise or allies within the NGO Shipbreaking Platform or Basel Action Network.”
“Greenpeace reportedly tried to buy Rainbow Warrior II back, but that effort failed because the scrapping company PHP wanted too much for the vessel. The group also said it will try to have the ship scraps and waste exported to a country with modern disposal facilities.”
“Going forward Greenpeace commits to urgently adopt an end-of-life ship policy, drafted with the help of the Shipbreaking Platform, to help ensure such errors do not occur in future,” Greenpeace said.