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Greenpeace at 40: Kumi Naidoo on AirTalk

Edison Petition Delivery

© Gus Ruelas/Greenpeace

Chicago community activist Martha Castillon.

Edison Petition Delivery

© Gus Ruelas/Greenpeace

Edison Energy Corporation, in Rosemead, California, owns the Fisk and Crawford coal power plants in Chicago which Greenpeace is campaigning to shut down.


As the Pasadena Star News reports, people came from Illinois to Rosemead yesterday…"bearing 25,000 petitions, they traveled from the Chicago neighborhoods of Pilsen and Little Village to Edison's Rosemead headquarters." 

Among them was Kumi Naidoo, the head of Greenpeace. I interviewed him back in March, when he came to town to meet with celebs and talk to the LADWP about coal.

After his encounter at Edison yesterday, Naidoo came in to the Mohn Broadcast Center in Pasadena to talk to Larry Mantle. His conversation just appeared on AirTalk at 11:00 this morning

I was surprised to hear that, as he says in the interview broadcast today, 60 percent of Greenpeace's efforts are policy-based, not protest-market-action based. (But then, Larry has a way of being incredibly well prepared and squeezing interesting information out of people.) What's fascinating about that is Greenpeace, now founded 40 years ago in Vancouver, still sort of cultivates a revolutionary image. "They said by putting our lives and bodies on the line, we can make a difference," Naidoo told a Canadian crowd a couple weeks back, not long after he got arrested for his cause, which, the head of an organization that's international doesn't often do such a thing. 

Do you think anyone in southern California cares about coal in Illinois? And what do you think about Greenpeace? 

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