Greenpeace In Trouble; Porno For Pyros Chip In

August 20 [10:00 EDT] — The 26-year-old environmental organization Greenpeace, while still doing fine internationally, seems to be on the skids in the States.

The organization has closed down 10 of its regional offices in this country, and cut its U.S. staff from 400 down to 65. These moves reflect a drop in U.S. membership from nearly 1.2 million in 1991 to just over 400,000 today.

Greenpeace itself won’t comment on any of this, but ex-members and outside observers have blamed mismanagement, a general boredom with endless environmental crises, and out-of-date tactics.

While some seem to be losing interest in environmental issues, Porno For Pyros continue to hold their eco-friendly banner high. The band recently played a benefit concert for Greenpeace in Los Angeles, and a few days later, frontman Perry Farrell protested dioxin dumping in Washington, D.C.

The group has also contributed a new track, a reprise of the old :West Side Story” tune “Tonight,”
to a benefit album due out next week, called “MOM2.” As we reported last month, the collection (which also includes tracks from the Offspring, Jewel, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and surf-guitar god Dick Dale) is a fundraiser for another environmental group, the Surfrider Foundation.