Sea ChangeGreenpeace has just launched its main campaign for 1998/99, "Operation Sea Change". This will comprise an exhibition touring the country and attending the major festivals during the summer. To reinforce this, 25 displays have been obtained which are being given to the regions, including the North West. Each campaign group in the NW area, including Manchester and Oldham, will be having the display throughout the summer or autumn either at specific events or on high streets.
Operation Sea Change is initially a public awareness campaign to inform the public of the potential threat to wildlife from exploration for new oil in the Atlantic Frontier off the coast of Scotland.
The government has "sold" blocks to the main oil companies for them to carry out oil exploration. Greenpeace and other wildlife and environmental organisations, including the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Agency, are very concerned about this as very little information is known about the wildlife population there.
From the beginning of July, the MV Greenpeace will be touring the region with volunteers from Greenpeace and the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Agency to carry out an observation of the region's wildlife.
Greenpeace does not believe that we should be exploring for new oil reserves but rather investing in renewable forms of energy, ie solar, wind and hydro.
Maggie Curran, Oldham Greenpeace (07899 77 36 56 or 0161 275 2804 (w))