Acorns for sale. What’s up Greenpeace?

Today the Greenpeace folks were spread out all on Comm. Ave on BU’s campus. I haven’t seen them in a while. Perhaps they took a break?

I do not understand one bit why this organization thinks putting workers on the street (not… literally) and making them ask every single person that walks by “Hi! Do you have a second for the environment?” is going to help its cause. Today, I walked by a Greenpeace girl who was so frustrated, she threw her arms to the sky and yelled, “Doesn’t anybody care!”

Now see, I do care. Really. I recycle printer paper. I walk everywhere or take public transportation. I do all that stuff. But I am not going to stop for you. I don’t know enough about your organization to let you interrupt where I’m going. And I for sure don’t know enough about your organization to give you money.

To be honest, I have never stopped long enough to hear what they actually would want from me, but I am assuming it is a donation. (If anyone has any insight to this… I would love to know.) And if it’s not money that they want, they should somehow be more clear in the first words they say. Maybe they could say, “Do you have a second to plant this acorn for the environment?” That would be so cool. I would totally do that.


But, they don’t do that.

So. Because I am not anti-Greenpeace by any means (I hardly know enough about those guys to dislike them fundamentally)… I am going to give you free advice. Ready?

Dear Greenpeace,

1) The ask-everyone approach does not work. If you have data to prove me wrong, prove me wrong. But I am going to assume that 99 percent of the people who you try to flag down are not going to help you. And .5 percent of the people who do stop, only stop because they feel obligated or they don’t know what’s going on. Or you tricked them. You tricked them good.

2) Find someone who cares. Really. Who actually cares? The National Tree Hugger’s Association of Boston might love it if you bust in on one of its meetings. I’m not sure if said association exists, but you know. Someone like that.

3) Find a more proactive way to get information about your organization out there. Green jackets and binders are not enough. Yes, you have a dandy Web site. But how are you going to make me visit it? What other avenues could you use to spread the word. Free brochures in coffee shops? Rent a booth at the next environment-lover trade fair?

Regardless, I seriously think you should check out the free acorns route.

Good luck,



2 Responses to Acorns for sale. What’s up Greenpeace?

  1. andrewmwooster says:

    The information I gathered from my brief infiltration into the offices of Greenpeace revealed the following:

    1) The people you see on the streets are the “worker bees”. Their main objective is to sign up commitments for membership. (Think PBS without the cool, and oh so handy benefit card.) The money obtained from this is shipped (well, sent) to the District of Columbia to bribe…I mean influence…damn!…I mean help advocate for the environment to congress (when they aren’t interrogating Roger Clemens) and the Senate (when they aren’t on the campaign trail).

    2) Why is the worker bees so in-your-face? They have a strict mandate. If they come back with under the required number of pledges their wrists will be slapped and their hope of saving the planet dashed. They are required to sign up at least 3 an hour or they are told their help is no longer needed.

    3) Why not acorns? Because, sadly, their objective is to feed the machine with money. Because paying $10 an hour with medical and dental cost money.

    So, why can’t there be a volunteer group that actually wants to inform, persuade, and help the environment? I have no idea.

  2. repcor says:

    Interesting. Well, I feel bad for Greenpeace street workers. You would think that the org would be nicer to them. I mean, anyone who would apply to work at Greenpeace has to be a pretty caring person. Why would you want to smother that kind of compassion with strict corporate-like rules and limitations. I bet their turnover rate is ridiculous. No good.

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