Greenpeace exists because this fragile earth deserves a voice. It needs solutions. It needs change. It needs action.
Greenpeace is a non-profit organisation, with a presence in 40 countries across Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific.
To maintain its independence, Greenpeace does not accept donations from governments or corporations but relies on contributions from individual supporters and foundation grants.
As a global organisation, Greenpeace focuses on the most crucial worldwide threats to our planet's biodiversity and environment.
We campaign to:
--Stop climate change
--Protect ancient forests
--Save the oceans
--Say no to genetic engineering
--Stop the nuclear threat
--Eliminate toxic chemicals
--Encourage sustainable trade
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, and our ships are an important part of all our campaign work.
We exist to expose environmental criminals, and to challenge government and corporations when they fail to live up to their mandate to safeguard our environment and our future.
In pursuing our mission, we have no permanent allies or enemies. We promote open, informed debate about society's environmental choices. We use research, lobbying, and quiet diplomacy to pursue our goals, as well as high-profile, non-violent conflict to raise the level and quality of public debate.
And we believe that the struggle to preserve the future of our planet is not about us. It's about you. Greenpeace speaks for 2.8 million supporters worldwide, and encourages many millions more than that to take action every day.
We take the name of our flagship, the Rainbow Warrior, from a North American Cree Indian legend. It described a time when humanity's greed has made the Earth sick. At that time, a tribe of people known as the Warriors of the Rainbow would rise up to defend her.
As one of the longest banners we've ever made summed things up, "When the last tree is cut, the last river poisoned, and the last fish dead, we will discover that we can't eat money..."
Greenpeace is an independent, campaigning organisation that uses non-violent, creative confrontation to expose global environmental problems, and force solutions for a green and peaceful future. 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.
- The phase out of fossil fuels and the promotion of renewable energy to stop climate change.
- The elimination of toxic chemicals .
- The prevention of genetically modified organisms being released into nature.
- An end to the nuclear threat and nuclear contamination.
- Safe and sustainable trade.
Greenpeace does not solicit or accept funding from governments, corporations or political parties. Greenpeace neither seeks nor accepts donations that could compromise its independence, aims, objectives or integrity.
Greenpeace relies on the voluntary donations of individual supporters, and on grant support from foundations.
Greenpeace is committed to the principles of non-violence, political independence and internationalism. In exposing threats to the environment and in working to find solutions, Greenpeace has no permanent allies or enemies.
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.
- A ban on all nuclear weapons testing - our first ever campaign.
Greenpeace is a global environmental organisation, consisting of Greenpeace International (Stichting Greenpeace Council) in Amsterdam, and 27 national and regional offices around the world, providing a presence in 41 countries.
Committed to the principles of non-violence, political and economic independence and internationalism, Greenpeace does not seek or accept funding from governments, corporations or political parties or any other source that could compromise its aims and objectives, its independence or its integrity. Greenpeace relies wholly upon the voluntary donations of individual supporters and on grant support from foundations. Greenpeace's internal structure is therefore designed to reflect transparency and value for democratic structures while maintaining the high level of internationalism and rigid adherence to its principles.
The Board of Stichting Greenpeace Council approves the annual budget of Greenpeace International and its audited accounts. It also appoints and supervises the International Executive Director. Greenpeace International co-ordinates worldwide campaigns, monitors the development and performance of national and regional Greenpeace offices and provides services to the whole organisation.
National and regional offices are licensed by Greenpeace International to use the name "Greenpeace". Each office is governed by a board, usually elected by a voting membership of volunteers and activists. Each board appoints a representative, called a Trustee, who meets once a year with all other national or regional offices' trustees to agree on the long-term strategy of the organisation, make changes to governance structure where necessary, consider any applications for new national or regional offices, set a ceiling on spending for Greenpeace International's budget and elect the Board of Stichting Greenpeace Council.
Greenpeace National and Regional Offices
Licensed to use the name "Greenpeace" by Stichting Greenpeace Council, National and Regional offices contribute financially to Greenpeace International, campaign locally, participate in international campaigns, and help shape the international campaign programme.
Greenpeace Central and Eastern Europe
Greenpeace Czech Republic
Greenpeace Mediterranean Greenpeace Mexico
Greenpeace New Zealand
Greenpeace Southeast Asia
Greenpeace United Kingdom
Stichting Greenpeace Council
Board Chair: Anne Summers
Trustees from National and Regional offices elect 7 members of SGC Board of Directors,
which appoints the Executive Director of Greenpeace International.
Greenpeace International, Amsterdam
Executive Director: Gerd Leipold
Leads and coordinates international campaigns, monitors National and Regional office performance, and provides global services to national and regional offices.