West Midlands Greenspeaker – Pete Robinson
Pete is a Greenspeaker based in Worcester and he is happy to deliver Greenpeace presentations across the West Midlands and into Wales. If you would like to contact Pete, to request he speaks at an upcoming event, then please complete the form below.
I’m the coordinator of the Worcester Greenpeace network, originally from Bradford, but moved down here to start working in a further education college where I still work today. It’s great working for people who need a second chance in life or who want to improve themselves, and much of what I do has echoes with the work and aims of Greenpeace. And of course my teaching background helps when preparing for the Greenspeaker talks and presentations. I’m a huge music fan, just about all genres, avid science fiction reader and most recently I have got into organic veg gardening.
I’ve been involved with Greenpeace since I was at Uni, about 20 years ago. The first thing I did was organise a fund-raiser, in the form of a massive disco to help fund the stop whaling campaign. It was, in short, brilliant. Being able to design events yourself, but keeping true to the Greenpeace ethos and “colours” is one of the big things I love about being involved with Greenpeace. The campaigns come centrally but, after that so much is down to your input, our passion, talent and enthusiasm. Everyone I volunteer with in the local network, get a big buzz from that. Over those last twenty years I have campaigned on whaling, GM, Climate, Oceans, forests, where governments, companies and other orginsations as the focus. Nearly every time I think “Woo this is a huge target” and yet virtually each time, progress is fast, and gratifying. The Worcester network are real friends as well as fellow campaigners we hold social events, including a xmas do round my house every year, where we round off the year and look forward, including making our own campaign ideas.
I got involved initially through a friend, became concerned about the environment after a series of lectures by a professor which simply opened my eyes. The success of each campaign, the variety and just downright enjoyable-ness of each campaign has kept my flame bright, across all the areas we campaign on, but it is probably the oceans work where I find my heart yearns for a solution and I believe I see real progress.
I speak regularly, every year, at a Sixth Form in Tewkesbury to the whole of Year 12, around ninety 16-19 year olds , and I have spoken to school groups locally and in Wales. I tend to deliver an open invite presentation each other year in Worcester to explain what Greenpeace is about and encourage people to join in. I have also spoken to Women’s Institute and Rotary Club members. I always seek to make the talk relevant to their interest and backgrounds, always updated with the latest developments on Greenpeace campaigns and as informative and involving for the audience as I can. This is in part based on the Greenpeace values, be informed, get involved.
The feedback and interest shown during and after presentations, both in the topics discussed and the way that Greenpeace does what it does, is why I keep doing them. There are often a lot of mis-conceptions and stereoptypical judgements made about Greenpeace volunteers and the organisation as a whole, people are often surprised when I turn up in a suit for example, or when debates are balanced. When people understand our non-violent value base and how this influences what we do and more importantly the huge research that goes into each campaign they realise that the media image they get is only a small part of the story , seeing the wider picture draws on their own interests in the topics, which have implications for us all.
“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation. ” – Robert Kennedy