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Greenpeace International: Defenders of Our Environment

Greenpeace International (Greenpeace Foundation) is a non-governmental, non-profit environmental activist organization with offices in over 40 countries and an international coordinating body based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The organizationÂ’s stated goal is to "ensure the ability of the Earth to nurture life in all its diversity," and focuses on global warming, deforestation, over-fishing, commercial whaling, and anti-nuclear activity.

Greenpeace International (Greenpeace Foundation) is a non-governmental, non-profit environmental activist organization with offices in over 40 countries and an international coordinating body based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The organization’s stated goal is to "ensure the ability of the Earth to nurture life in all its diversity," and focuses on worldwide issues including global warming, deforestation, over-fishing, commercial whaling, and anti-nuclear activity.

Greenpeace International, most commonly referred to as simply Greenpeace, evolved from the peace movement and anti-nuclear protests in Vancouver, British Columbia in the early 1970s.  Born from the newly founded Don't Make a Wave Committee who sent a chartered ship, the Phyllis Cormack (renamed Greenpeace for the protest), on September 15, 1971 from Vancouver to oppose United States’ testing of nuclear devices in Amchitka, Alaska, the Committee subsequently adopted the name Greenpeace. Though their ship was intercepted and the US ultimately detonated the bomb, this tradition of “bearing witness” to such actions in a non-violent manner continues today, their ships an ever-important part of all their campaign work.

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The name of the Greenpeace flagship, the Rainbow Warrior, comes from a North American Cree legend that tells of a time when humanity's greed had made the Earth sick. At that time, a tribe of people known as the Warriors of the Rainbow rose up to defend her.  As one of the organization’s banners states, "When the last tree is cut, the last river poisoned, and the last fish dead, we will discover that we can't eat money."

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One of the most effective and visible non-profit organizations in the world, Greenpeace uses direct action, lobbying, and research to achieve its varied goals, as well as high-profile, non-violent conflict to raise the level and quality of public debate. To maintain its independence, Greenpeace does not accept funding from governments, corporations, or political parties, and relies on its more than 2.8 million individual supporters and foundation grants.  Greenpeace has no permanent allies or enemies.

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Greenpeace protects and conserves the environment while promoting peace by:

> Serving as a catalyst to address the number one threat facing our planet: climate change.

> Defending our oceans by challenging wasteful and destructive fishing, and by creating a global network of marine reserves.

> Protecting the world's ancient forests and the plants, animals, and people that depend on them.

> Working for disarmament and peace by tackling the causes of conflict and calling for the elimination of all nuclear weapons.

> Creating a toxic free future with safer alternatives to hazardous chemicals in today's products and manufacturing.

> Campaigning for sustainable agriculture by rejecting genetically engineered organisms, protecting biodiversity, and encouraging socially responsible farming.

Greenpeace hopes to "stimulate practical, intelligent actions to stem the tide of planetary destruction."  As their website states: “We are 'rainbow people' representing every race, every nation, every living creature.  We are patriots, not of any one nation, state or military alliance, but of the entire Earth.”

References:

http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/about/deep-green/deep-green-special-1/

http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/about/history/

http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/about/

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Comments (6)

Informative.

Intelligent Greenpeace is a valued organization. thank you for highlighting it as you did so well.

Informative article on the good job these people do in protecting the environment.

excellent well presented article

we are fortunate for having organization like this...keep up the good work

An informative article about these heroes of the environment.

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