At first glance, Patrick Moore resembles more CEO than ecologist, but give him a topic like the opposition to genetically modified crops, and you get all the emotion you’d expect from someone who helped found Greenpeace.
Moores involvement with Greenpeace started in the late 1960’s in opposition to nuclear testing and the arms race and expanded with his role as a director and campaign leader into successful campaigns against toxic waste dumping and the slaughter of whales.
As time went on, Moore began to become disillusioned with what he calls the confrontational approach of sensationalism and emotion that Greenpeace was taking. He also felt as though his fellow Greenpeace directors were adopting positions he couldn’t accept. Citing those reasons, Moore left Greenpeace in 1986 to pursue what he describes as a consensus model for finding solutions to environmental issues. Out of that, GreenSpirit Strategies was born.
I spoke with Dr. Moore at the spring series of the Tiffin Conference in Lethbridge, Alberta about some of the issues that he feels should be a concern for all of us. As a founding member of GreenPeace, Patrick Moore has some very interesting perspectives on environmentalism, sensationalism and what the truth really is.
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