Mission 3, Objective 1

A sustainable environment for human beings to live in is one such cause that we all believe in (who doesn’t?). Greenpeace echoes this. Their advocacy (and ours) reflects upon the quickly deteriorating status of the natural resources that we currently use. Yes, it can be argued that not all forests in the world are all threatened with being flattened at the same time and that we do need natural resources to satisfy human needs but the select natural resources that we use (e.g. the forests that are currently being cut for wood) are being consumed faster than they can grow and compensate for the amount that is taken away. This is where Greenpeace steps in. In the least, Greenpeace is a reminder for all of us to be moderate about our needs, not in the sense that we must suppress our human needs to a minimum but that we must not let it abuse nature until irreversible damage is done.
This is, of course, not limited to forests but also applies to other finite resources that are potentially in danger of being consumed off the face of the Earth. It is not about giving these resources their “rights” but reminding us that keeping them in considerable numbers and good conditions will do well to us in the end. Helping nature get back on its feet helps us, so to say.
On a related note, international relations are of course better off with NGOs. States cannot possibly handle every aspect of themselves today unlike in the past few hundred years when there were fewer aspects of states and therefore lesser things to handle. In the 19th and early 20th century, the closest period of time that is similar to the present, is a striking example of how states handled “non-state affairs”. For example, the Bedlam in England and several American asylums show how states cannot fully comprehend the situation and handling of those mentally ill. Of course, they have segregated them from the public to keep things in order but inside Bedlam was a hell that was begging to be fixed in a way that states back then could not do.
Another example would be the rights of certain groups such as women, homosexuals, and non-white people living on Western countries dominated by whites. The British could not understand the issue over the rights of homosexuals and imprisoned Alan Turing, a notable person who decoded the Enigma machine during the Second World War and origin of the Turing Machine concept, based solely on his sexual preferences that states could have protected instead of persecuted. If there were NGOs (or more NGOs) back then, things could have been different. People who were underrepresented and/or persecuted could have done more for the rest of the world.

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