Greenpeace activists accused of vandalism

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The organization Greenpeace is often talked about by its spectacular outbursts. Following an action in the Arctic, Russia was considering piracy charges against a group of activists linked to the organization, but reduced it all to accusations of vandalism. Let's take a closer look.
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At the end of September, Russia planned to file piracy charges against 30 Greenpeace activists arrested on September 19. They were demonstrating on the outskirts of an oil drilling platform in the Arctic. Their ship, the Arctic Sunrise, flying the Dutch flag in the Pechora Sea, was towed to the port of Murmansk.
If found guilty of piracy, activists could face 15 years in prison in Russia. However, the country finally announced in late October that it was reducing the charges to vandalism (hooliganism), reducing the maximum sentence to 7 years in prison.
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The activities suggested in this sheet will allow you to discover the latest developments in this dossier. Use this event to discuss with your students about this global organization, its values and the actions it takes to provide solutions that help protect the environment and promote peace in the world. world.


At the end of the activities, the student will be able to:
- Find out about the storming by Russian guards last month on the Pechora Sea.
- Take a look at the main actions of the Greepeace organization over the past 40 years.
- Create a chronological timeline relating the various interventions of Greenpeace in the world.
- Write a message for the Russian embassy in order to contribute to the release of the 30 prisoners of the Arctic.

Suggested Activities

ACTIVITY 1: The Arctic Sunrise stormed by Russian guards

To introduce the subject, watch the following video capsule with the students.
Then start a discussion with them to relate the facts that happened and ask them their opinion on the actions of Greenpeace and on the reactions of the Russians following the actions of the activists.
Here are some questions to elicit reactions from your students:
a) Why did the two groups, Greenpeace and the Russians, react like this?
b) How, Greenpeace or the Russians, could have acted differently?
c) What are the impacts of Greenpeace's actions? And those of the Russians?
d) What are the character traits that make Greenpeace activists risk their lives for their beliefs?
Record student reactions following viewing the video clip using one of the following documents:
SMART Notebook format (.notebook)
ActivInspire format (.flipchart)
PDF format (.pdf)

ACTIVITY 2: Greenpeace actions over the years

Do your students know about Greepeace? Give them some time to browse branch websites french and canadian, for example, and to look for information elsewhere (for example, on Wikipedia). They may notice that his actions are not always unanimous. Why is this so?
Then ask them to recreate the timeline, since 1972, of the various actions taken by the organization. There are about thirty important events cited in the section Historical from the Greenpeace website. If you have little time, separate the years according to the teams and ask for a short oral presentation from each to share the findings.
This exercise will make them aware that the causes that concern the organization are very diverse and that its interventions take place all around the globe.
ICT track: Invite students to use a site like MyHistro in order to create an interactive timeline. Choose the French language, at the top of the page, in the section Language. Observe some examples available in the gallery of stories already available to the public. Following the creation of the timeline, take the process further by having a questionnaire prepared, in connection with the history of Greenpeace, in the section Quizzes visible once authenticated, and ask students from other classes to respond
Note: MyHistro is also available on iPad version on the App Store.

ACTIVITY 3: Free the 30 from the Arctic

The most recent demonstration to free the activists, held in Paris, is told in the press article entitled: "A Greenpeace activist dislodged from the Eiffel Tower".
Suggest that your students write an opinion piece aimed at convincing the President of Russia to release Greenpeace activists jailed since the event last September. Distribute a copy of this canvas proposed by Greenpeace so that they can write their draft, on the one hand, then forward the messages of those who agree via the form provided for this purpose on the Greenpeace website.

For further

- Take all the places mentioned in the activities above and locate them on a geographical map. Even better, use personalized maps from Google Maps!
- Visit some web pages about Greenpeace, such as:
Watch the videos uploaded by Greenpeace
Greenpeace values and methods

Support the Arctic 30 in 10 lessons


More about the magazine

Greenpeace: activists now accused of vandalism
Le Monde, October 23, 2013
Moscow eases charges against Greenpeace activists
Radio-Canada, October 23, 2013
Greenpeace activists accused of piracy
Radio-Canada, September 20, 2013
Greenpeace on the Eiffel Tower to defend its detained activists
Radio-Canada, October 26, 2013
Follow Greenpeace France on Twitter
Follow Greenpeace France on Facebook
Follow Greenpeace Quebec on Twitter

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