London Greenpeace - Political Affiliation

Political Affiliation

London Greenpeace's politics have primarily been informed by Anarchism. They have been linked, ideologically and in their activism with radical environmentalism, green anarchism and pacifism. They have been officially affiliated with War Resisters' International, the National Peace Council, and the Animal Liberation movement. In the 1980s they were involved with the Stop the City campaigns, whilst the 1990s saw them helping to initiate the London-wide Reclaim The Streets Network. They are viewed as one of the first Anarchist groups to promote a specifically environmentalist message.

During the second half of the 1970s the group pioneered the campaign against nuclear power, and worked with a number of anti-nuclear alliances such as Stop Urenco, the Torness Alliance, and the Nuclear Information network. London Greenpeace was also involved in the opposition to the Falkland War, and co-founded the Anti-Falkland War Support network.

In London in 1972, Rod Marining, Co-founder and Vice-President of the Greenpeace Foundation, met with 4 people from Peace News. Rod suggested that these four set up a Greenpeace London. A peace news button was exchanged for a Greenpeace button to seal the deal. Robert (Bob) Hunter, another co-founder and the president of Greenpeace, had written a book, called "Enemies of Anarchy". These two founders, approved the anarchist views of Greenpeace London and shield the London organization from Greenpeace Foundation rules and financial regulations right up to the new formation of Greenpeace International in 1979.

With Rod and Bob leaving the organisational structure of Greenpeace International in 1982, Greenpeace's new 1982 chair and board went after Greenpeace London, citing copyright infringement. A long legal battle ensued with Greenpeace London. Greenpeace International lost the costly legal battle, because the Greenpeace International was created in 1979, while Greenpeace London showed proof of registration and prior of logos back to the year 1972. Greenpeace International finally settled the issue out of court with Greenpeace London.

Greenpeace London became world famous for the McLibel, a food defamation case, see The McLibel case became known as one of the first SLAPP suits against freedom of expression. McDonald's Restaurants sued Greenpeace London which later morph into "McDonalds vs Steel and Morris". The case lasted for decades and finally was settled in 2005. The McLibel case became famous because Mcdonald lost the public relations case in public mind.

In 2012, citing the McLibel case, a Salmon Farm libel case was filed in the Supreme Court of British Columbia,Vancouver,Canada, birthplace of Greenpeace. Mainstream Salmon Farms vs Staniford. The Judge in this case has reserved judgment.

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