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The Arctic 30 were Acting in the Best Tradition of Civil Disobedience – October 22, 2013

Greenpeace activists were calling attention to the risk of extreme oil drilling

Throughout history, non-violent civil disobedience has changed laws and governments, altered opinions and societal norms, and ultimately moved mountains that many said would never budge.

In the 42 years since a small group of committed activists set off from Vancouver, Canada to stop US underground nuclear testing in Amchitka, Alaska, Greenpeace has practiced non-violent civil disobedience, in the tradition of Henry Thoreau, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, to expose and prevent environmental crimes in every corner of the globe.

photo of a man holding another captive at knifepoint aboard a boatphoto © Denis Sinyakov / GreenpeaceA Russian Coast guard officer is seen pointing… more

by: Phil Radford

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