Who is Greemnpeace?
Greenpeace is an independent non-profit global campaigning organization that uses non-violent, creative confrontation to expose global environmental problems and their causes.
Greenpeace's goal is to ensure the ability of the Earth to nurture life in all its diversity.
Greenpeace organises public campaigns
- for the protection of oceans and ancient forests,
- for the phasing-out of fossil fuels and the promotion of renewable energies in order to stop climate change,
- for the elimination of toxic chemicals, against the release of genetically modified organisms into nature and
- for nuclear disarmament and an end to nuclear contamination.
Greenpeace does not solicit or accept funding from governments, corporations or political parties. Greenpeace neither seeks nor accepts donations which could compromise its independence, aims, objectives or integrity. Greenpeace relies on the voluntary donations of individual supporters, and on grant support from foundations.
Greenpeace has been campaigning against environmental degradation since 1971 when a small boat of volunteers and journalists sailed into Amchitka, an area north of Alaska where the US Government was conducting underground nuclear tests. This tradition of "bearing witness" in a non-violent manner continues today.
Greenpeace has played a pivotal role in, among other things, the adoption of:
- a ban on toxic waste exports to less developed countries;
- a moratorium on commercial whaling;
- a United Nations convention providing for better management of world fisheries;
- a Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary;
- a 50-year moratorium on mineral exploitation in Antarctica;
- bans on the dumping at sea of radioactive and industrial waste and disused oil installations;
- an end to high-sea, large-scale driftnet fishing; and
- a ban on all nuclear weapons testing - our first ever campaign.