Greece Supports Arrested Greenpeace Activists



aktivistes2The environmental organization is mounting a global campaign to support the 30 Greenpeace activists, held in Russian prisons, this Saturday, October 5 in Athens.

Greenpeace calls everyone to be at 18:00 at Dionysiou Areopagitou and Parthenonos Street, close to the Acropolis Museum, to demonstrate and demand these people’s freedom.

More than 780,000 people from all over the world have already addressed the Russian authorities, asking the liberation of all activists, who, as members of the Arctic Sunrise crew, were arrested and imprisoned in Russia.
Among them : the Argentinian Nobel Peace Prize winner Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, WWF, Friends of the Earth and the actor Ewan Mc Gregor.

The 30 activists, including an independent photographer and a videographer, participated on September 18 in a peaceful protest on Gazprom’s oil extracting platform, Prirazlomnaya, against oil drilling in Arctic waters. They have been charged with piracy, an offense that carries a prison sentence of between 10 and 15 years.


2 COMMENTS

  1. Greenpeace has devolved into an anti-human blabbering money siphon. They oppose vitamin A enhanced rice at the cost of TWO MILLION deaths a year. You heard it right. TWO MILLION. They keep screaming that it may kill people with no scientific proof, all the scientist disagree with them and meanwhile while it’s really killing people right now.

    One of the original founders of Greenpeace, which at the beginning were about nuclear detonations and people is livid with how Greenpeace has become an anti-human, anti-progress, anti-industrial mouth peace for money..It is now more concerned about raising money then humanity or the environment. As far as I;m concerned ALL of them should be in jail.

  2. The argument you present is not right because they oppose specific TYPES of vitamin A (Retinol and Retinyl Palmitate) and NOT other forms of vitamin A, such as beta-carotene, as found in rosehip seed oil, and here is the Science behind it:

    According to EWG, “a 2009 study by U.S. government scientists suggests that a form of vitamin A, retinyl palmitate, when applied to the skin in the presence of sunlight, may speed the development of skin tumors and lesions (NTP 2009, 2011). While they do say that these are preliminary animal studies and human studies have not been done, EWG is pushing the industry to discontinue the use of Retinyl Palmitate in sunscreens, and pushing the FDA to ban or regulate its use. The FDA claims that more studies need to be done to conclusively verify any risks.

    In 2005, the molecular mechanism whereby retinyl palmitate possibly creates free radicals was discovered. It was found that in visible and UV light, retinyl palmitate broke down to create two free radical species, anhydroretinol and 5,6-eposyretinyl palmitate that were able to mutate DNA. Other Studies have verified that these decomposition products are photomutagenic.

    So, now what about retinol, the more natural form of vitamin A? While this 2010 Study did find that retinol was photomutagenic, it was in mouse lymphoma cells, which obviously have a different metabolism that of human skin. This Study found that “sunlight-induced photo-degradation of retinyl esters proceeds much faster than that of retinol, and it has been suggested that cellular retinol binding protein (CRBP) protects retinol from photo-degradation.” In other words, a protein in the skin is able to bind retinol so that it doesn’t break down and create free radicals like retinyl palmitate does. So, I would deem retinol to be a safer form of Vitamin A than the synthetic retinyl palmitate. (In my opinion it should score maybe a 4 instead of an 8.) However, Vitamin A creams should be used with caution, as the studies are still conflicting and the subject is still being studied.