Greenpeace Science Unit

Background - 1 August, 2007
Science is crucial to environmental protection. Many of the global problems we face - like climate change, ozone depletion, and the spread of hormone disrupting chemicals - can only be detected and understood through science.

Greenpeace scientist at work in the Science Unit lab.

Equally, science is used to justify the existence and deployment of environmental threats, such as nuclear power and genetically modified organisms. Our opposition to these technologies has led to accusations that Greenpeace is 'anti-science'. This is far from the case. We depend on science and technology to provide solutions to environmental threats.

Because of this double-edged relationship with science, its use and governance is important to us and we are working to stimulate debate about the use of new technologies.

We have also critiqued the lack of public involvement in science and the need for reform of the relationship between science and society.

The Greenpeace Science Laboratory at Exeter University has made some important achievements in environmental protection. The lab's role is threefold:

  • Shaping our campaigns

  • Influencing policy

  • Changing opinions

We commission many scientific research reports and investigations to support our campaigns. We also use science to seek solutions. For example, in order to avoid fruitless scientific controversy over levels of harm of particular products, we provide alternatives.

For in depth info including a full listing of all the Unit publications and contact details visit the Science Unit website.