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Pascal Husting, the international program director for the environmental watchdog group Greenpeace, admits a “very senior member” of its finance team broke the group’s rules by speculating in currency markets, and lost 3 million pounds (US$5.15 million) of donations to the organization. “He made a serious misjudgment,” Husting said, but “We will overcome this scandal.” A few days later, it was revealed that Husting himself had also been breaking Greenpeace’s rules by commuting by air to the group’s Amsterdam offices from his home in Luxembourg, rather than by train, which takes 6 hours each way. Greenpeace has “gone out of its way to demonise air travel,” noted the London Telegraph. “I ignored the voice of my own conscience,” Husting admitted. “It was the wrong call.” (RC/London Telegraph) ...They could have benefitted both issues by simply investing in the ever-rising stocks of oil companies.
Original Publication Date: 06 July 2014
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