South East Greenspeaker – John Halladay
John is a Greenspeaker based in Canterbury (Kent) and working in Bracknell (Berkshire) and he is happy to deliver Greenpeace presentations in London and across the South East. If you would like to contact John, to request he speaks at an upcoming event, then please complete the form below.
I am of the generation that lived through the environmental crusades of the 1970s and 1980s, and at that time I did nothing to help. Now I fear for my planet and my grandchildren because of our carelessness and our destructiveness.
I see no justification for believing that one species, ours, has a greater right to the resources of the world than any other or that our right to survive and thrive is greater than any other’s. Greenpeace recognises that there is a moral duty ‘to ensure the ability of the Earth to nurture life in all its diversity’.
I have campaigned to protect the climate, the rainforests, the oceans and for peace. I have helped Greenpeace to stop the 3rd runway at Heathrow; we have persuaded Nestle, John West, Hasbro, Mattel, HSBC and others to change their business practices and we have changed Government policy in the UK and abroad. In the last 5 years I have:
- been chased through the Liver Building dressed as a shark;
- spent a day in a Belgian police cell;
- persuaded hundreds of people to take action;
- been told where to ‘stick it’;
- been barred from Tesco;
- talked to people in tears (theirs and mine);
- argued with politicians;
- danced in the streets as a polar bear, and,
- told more than 30 groups, schools and local societies all about it.
What keeps me going? I have two choices: I can hide my head with, ‘For Heaven’s sake, how can we be so stupid?’ when I read that BMW opposes stronger emissions laws, or that Canada is abandoning the Kyoto treaty. Or I can take positive action with Greenpeace.
Despite our successes and our efforts, the planet isn’t going to get better any time soon. And I know that it won’t be long until a grandchild will ask, ‘Grandpa, what did you do to stop this mess?’ I have a good answer. I want to share it.