The little town of Saint-Félicien, in Quebec’s lovely Saguenay region, is under siege.
“Greenpeace wants our total death!” mayor Gilles Potvin complained back in 2013. “If we listen to them, we can’t cut wood anymore.”
Greenpeace has been waging a relentless campaign against Resolute Forest Products, the largest forest company in the region and in Canada.
The region’s mayors, union leaders, mill workers, and Indigenous leaders are fed up with Greenpeace. They’re angry at being portrayed by outsiders as forest destroyers.
“Greenpeace, in our view, is a group that goes to the extreme, that doesn’t seek a balance between conservation and forest management,” Jack Picard, a band council member of the Innu Nation of Pessamit in Quebec, says in a video. He adds: “We don’t accept anyone else speaking for us. We are fully capable of speaking for ourselves.”
Greenpeace’s fearmongering gives environmental activism a bad name. Last year more than 100 Nobel laureates signed a letter urging them to drop their campaign against genetically modified foods and golden rice, which increase crop yields and provide crucial nutrients that prevent disease and death. Greenpeace is a menace to the world, and especially to the world’s most vulnerable. It is also enormously powerful.
“I used to respect Greenpeace, but they are not aware of the reality of the forest industry,” [Potvin said]. “Young people believe them. Students believe them. They spread a lot of falsehoods, and they do a lot of damage.”
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