On Thursday, May 10, we hosted Mr. Sebastian Stelios Jannelli. Mr. Jannelli talked of his time with Green Peace, the largest, nonprofit, environmental organization in the world, which is based in over 40 countries. It was founded in 1971 and helped spark the modern environmental movement. Mr. Jannelli was the editor-in-chief for its magazine and told donors how their gifts helped Green Peace take action.
Mr. Jannelli’s first interaction with the organization was in Greece, when they implemented a turtle protection program. During college, Mr. Jannelli studied Political Science and a Green Peace video that his professor showed in class changed his life. He loves that Green Peace was and is willing to put its lives on the line to protect the planet. Mr. Jannelli also proudly supports Green Peace for being an organization that can take nonviolent, direct action to help the planet.
Mr. Jannelli elaborated on Green Peace’s former campaigns, such as orca/whale killing and rain forest protection. Right now, Green Peace is focused on curbing climate change, by targeting arctic oil. Another priority campaign for the organization is the protection of pollinators.
Here at UD, Mr. Jannelli hopes that we can establish native meadows to help support the pollinator population, especially with the massive die offs in pollinators that we have recently witnessed. He hopes that it can be a people-powered movement, one that will show people that they too are empowered to take action to make a difference in their community and the world.