Hat tip to Hot Air for linking this PBS Newshour segment featuring drone video of the damage Greeenpeace activists did to the Nazca Lines world heritage site.
As I watched this, two things struck out. The first was Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo’s epic non-apology.
I apologize personally to the people of Peru and all those around the world who were offended by our actions. This is not who we are.
Kumi doesn’t care that activists from his organization did irreparable damage to the Nazca lines site. He’s just sorry you were offended by their destruction. Kumi claims “we must now commit our full attention to making amends,” but as the PBS Newshour video notes, “Greenpeace had yet to provide a full list of the international group of participants who are thought to have fled the country.”
If Kumi is serious when he claims “this is not who we are,” then why wouldn’t he help bring those who damaged the Nazca lines site to justice? Instead, Greenpeace’s denies responsibility for the damage in their “Nazca timeline,” claiming “It is impossible to tell from the photographs whether the marks indicated are new or not.” Yes, I’m sure it’s just a huge coincidence that there are footprints, trails, and other markings at the exact site where Greenpeace laid out it’s message. But at least they’ve agreed to stop using photos of this PR disaster, what a sacrifice.
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Greenpeace US Executive Director Annie Leonard claims she is “committed to ensuring that those responsible are held accountable” for their actions. If she is serious, Greenpeace can providing the Peruvian government with a full list of everyone involved in the stunt.
Anything short of that is just PR spin.