Below are just some of the positive environmental changes that Greenpeace has directly helped bring about since we began campaigning in 1971.
December 2012 In September 2012, the newly elected PQ government announced it would follow through with its promise to close the Gentilly-2 nuclear station by the end of the year. It closed on December 28th.
Gentilly-2 has been in operation and producing radioactive waste since the early 1980s. Ten years later, Gentilly-2’s operator Hydro-Quebec,realized it would have to close the reactor unless it spent hundreds of millions of dollars on repairs to keep it operating. This is when the Greenpeace campaign to shut Gentilly-2 down kicked into gear
The opposition was fierce. The Canadian nuclear industry knew that a decision to close Quebec’s only reactor would be a major blow to their credibility in Canada and internationally.
Just as the industry has done in the past, the Canadian nuclear industry misled Quebecers over the past decade about the real costs and risks of keeping Gentilly-2.
Originally Hydro-Quebec claimed rebuilding Gentilly-2 would be cost-effective at about $800 million. Before it closed, the estimated cost of keeping Gentilly-2 running had topped $2.5 billion.
Greenpeace worked to expose the nuclear industry’s false claims and organize opposition to Gentilly-2.
We researched and commissioned reports on the true costs and risks of the Gentilly-2 nuclear station. We made substantive submissions to the Quebec environmental assessment board and the federal nuclear safety watchdog. And we took nonviolent direct action. We made international headlines when four Greenpeace activists occupied former Premier Jean Charest’s office to commemorate the first anniversary of Fukushima.
We worked closely with local grassroots activists fighting Gentilly-2. We worked together to found le Mouvement Sortons le Quebec du nucleaire, a grassroots network of activists and organizations opposed to Gentilly-2. Since then, the MSQN has taken on a life of its own and has been a central node of anti nuclear organizing in Quebec.
Ten years ago, many said we could never win, but we did and many groups and activists deserve thanks for helping shut down Gentillly-2.
November 2012: The world’s largest fashion retailer Zara – and parent company Inditex – today committed to eliminate all releases of hazardous chemicals throughout its entire supply chain and products by 2020, following public pressure in response to Greenpeace’s Detox campaign. Zara becomes the eighth brand to commit to eliminate releases of all hazardous chemicals throughout its supply chains and products since Greenpeace launched its Detox campaign in 2011. As a part of the commitment Zara is reinforcing the ban on APEOs, and pledges to set further short-term elimination timelines for other priority hazardous chemicals, including PFCs. Most notably, Zara will now require at least 20 suppliers to start releasing pollution discharge data by the end of March 2013, and at least 100 suppliers by the end of 2013. More
May 2011 A year after the signing and announcement of the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA), there has been significant progress on implementation. Signed May 18, 2010, the historic agreement brought together Greenpeace and eight other environmental groups and 21 forest companies in the Forest Products Association of Canada and created a truce in the long-standing conflict between environmental groups and the forest industry. The CBFA commits both to protecting more of Canada’s Boreal Forest and reinvigorating the forest industry based on sustainable forest management. More
May 2011 Greenpeace Canada today urged the newly elected Harper government to learn from a new UN report on renewable energy and shift its policy from providing subsidies to the tar sands to investing in green energy.
This month in Abu Dhabi, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) released a Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources (SRREN) which found that just two per cent of viable renewable energy sources could provide up to 80 per cent of world energy demand by 2050 with currently available technologies. More
February 2011: Costco Canada officially released an updated sustainable seafood policy and removed various Redlist species from sale in the U.S. and in Canada. This marks the last of Canada's major supermarket chains to commit to moving away from selling seafood out of stock and instead helping to ensure greener seafood choices for their customers. More
December 2010 Tides Canada has recognized Greenpeace and the historic Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA) as one of its “top ten” initiatives for 2010. The top ten list includes “Canada’s most innovative and forward-thinking initiatives. They inspire people to take action, to think in new ways and to make the world a better place.” More
September 2010 Longtime Greenpeace campaigner Janos Maté is honoured with the 2010 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Montreal Protocol Award for his work with Greenpeace to protect the ozone layer and climate over the past 18 years. The award ceremony took place at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C More
September 2010 Greenpeace today released a comprehensive analysis of Canada’s energy potential that challenges the need for dirty oil from the tar sands and shows that Canada can create tens of thousands of green jobs, while providing over 90 per cent of the country’s electricity and heating needs from renewable sources by 2050. More
May 2010: Nestlé finally announced a break for the orang-utan - as well as Indonesian rainforests and peatlands - by committing to stop using products that come from rainforest destruction. More
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May 2010: The biggest, most ambitious forest conservation deal ever is announced: The Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement. After more than seven years of hard-fought campaigning to end the on-going destruction of Canada's Boreal Forest, Greenpeace and eight other non-governmental organisations have agreed to a truce with the logging industry. More
February 2010: Loblaw, Canada’s largest retailer, stops selling four Redlist species: sharks, skates, orange roughy and Patagonian toothfish (Chilean sea bass). This comes eight months after announcing a sustainable seafood policy. Loblaw emphasizes the need to protect the oceans by putting out empty seafood trays for the species it no longer sells with signs explaining they are at risk.
November 2009: Safeway Canada cuts the number of species on the Redlist it sells in half, removing six of 12: Arctic surf clams, orange roughy, Patagonian toothfish (Chilean sea bass), shark, skates and rays and swordfish.
August 2009 Canada's precious Boreal Forest is better conserved today. So are ancient forests around the world. At a joint news conference in Washington DC, Greenpeace and the Kimberly-Clark Corporation, the world’s largest tissue-product manufacturer, announced an historic agreement that will ensure greater protection and sustainable management of Canada's Boreal Forest. The agreement also will stand out as a model for forest-products companies worldwide.More
June 2009: Overwaitea Food Group removes Redlist species from sale. The grocery chain no longer sells shark, orange roughy, yellowfin tuna and swordfish. This delisting coincides with Overwaitea’s release of a sustainable seafood policy to eliminate Redlist species as a crucial element in sustainable seafood procurement.
May 2009: Loblaw releases a sustainable seafood policy.
May 2009: The salvage operation of the wreckage in Robson Bight Ecological Reserve is completed, almost two years after a barge carrying logging equipment tipped its load into the ocean releasing diesel fuel into the reserve. More
March 2009: The Great Bear Rainforest protection agreement comes into force, capping one of Greenpeace’s longest running campaigns by protecting an area half the size of Switzerland from logging. More
June 2008: The U.S. Conference of Mayors adopts a resolution aimed at avoiding the use of high carbon fuels. The mayors’ resolution discourages the more than 850 participating U.S. cities from purchasing oil derived from the tar sands operations in Alberta.
Feb. 7, 2006: The B.C. government announces an agreement that ensures the protection of the Great Bear Rainforest.
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2001: A historic agreement related to Canada’s remaining coastal rainforest is reached with logging companies. It includes deferrals in logging of over 100 pristine valleys, protection of rainforest areas, and an ongoing process to reform logging practices according to the principles of ecosystem-based management. This agreement is endorsed by the government of B.C.
1998: Logging giant MacMillan Bloedel announces it will phase out clearcut logging activities in B.C.
1982: European Council bans import of seal pup skins in response to public criticism triggered by Greenpeace actions in Canada.
Below are just some of the positive environmental changes that Greenpeace has directly helped bring about since we began campaigning in 1971.
July 2011 Berne-Motzen, Germany — A revolutionary mast system was raised today on the new Greenpeace flagship ship Rainbow Warrior III, at the Fassmer shipyard near Bremen.The mast raising marks a key milestone in the ship’s construction and coincides with 26th anniversary of the sinking of first Rainbow Warrior in New Zealand. The French secret service bombed the first Rainbow Warrior, killing one person, in Auckland, New Zealand on July 10 1985. Greenpeace acquired the second Rainbow Warrior in 1987 and it has been in operation since 1989. More
July 2011 Greenpeace has released a report in Australia on a controversy surrounding trials across that country of genetically modified wheat that will lead to testing on humans. The national science body in Australia, CSIRO, has approved the world’s first human feeding trials of genetically modified (GM) wheat, despite serious health, economic and environmental risks. More
July 2011 Lego has become the first major toy company to announce plans to remove deforestation from its supply chain.This move is a result of the Greenpeace campaign to persuade the toy industry to stop using rainforest destruction in its packaging. Greenpeace launched the campaign last month with an action at the California headquarters of toy company Mattel. More
June 2011 The German parliament has voted overwhelmingly to phase out all nuclear plants by 2022. The vote calls for the immediate shutting down of eight nuclear power stations and a gradual shut down of the remaining nine reactors. More
June 2011 The toy sector is responding to Greenpeace’s Indonesia forest campaign. It’s been a busy few days since the latest phase of our campaign to stop deforestation in Indonesia got underway. There are now signs that both Mattel and Lego are preparing to make changes in the way they buy their packaging. More
June 2011 People Have the Power! Italy says YES to a nuclear energy free future! Berlusconi's Italy is a strange place and amidst the madness today comes a little no nukes sanity. The people were asked and the people have spoken: Italy should have a nuclear power free future. This is great news and I cannot help singing the old Patty Smith's song: this is a great day and it's time to celebrate. More
June 2011 In less than 72 hours more than 700,000 people have viewed an online spoof video featuring the moment Ken discovers that Barbie is involved in rainforest destruction, and almost 200,000 have swamped Mattel’s offices with emails complaining about the company’s use of products from Indonesian rainforests to package toys like Barbie. More
May 2011 Major European investment funds and banks today spoke out against Statoil’s contentious presence in the Alberta tar sands by supporting a motion at the company’s AGM in Norway and citing economic and sustainability concerns. More
March 2011 Greenpeace Argentina recently took on Canadian mining giant Barrick Gold to challenge the company on its efforts to block application of a new law to protect glaciers in Argentina. The action against Barrick Gold came just weeks before the annual convention in Toronto of the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada—being held this year from March 6 to 9. The mining types will talk about mineral outlook, exploration tax incentives and China’s spree of buying up commodities. More
February 2011 Greenpeace is demanding that Japan’s government finally end its commercial whaling program and re-open an investigation into corruption scandals inside the industry, following today’s announcement by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries that it has recalled its Antarctic whaling fleet from the Southern Ocean. The recall marks the fleet’s shortest season ever. The whale hunt started in early December and ended today. Normally the Japanese whaling fleet is at sea from November until April. More
January 2011 Kaoshiung, Taiwan - A blacklisted tuna factory ship was blocked from leaving port today by Greenpeace climbers from the Rainbow Warrior. They locked themselves to the anchor chain while campaigners called on Taiwan's Fisheries Agency to investigate the ship’s owners, who are in apparent breach of Taiwan’s laws.More
December 2010: 80,000 Hectares of Finnish Forest protected in Landmark deal. More
October 2010 Our oceans are an absolute marvel - but they are also in a deep, deep crisis. If we don’t act fast, our oceans will continue to deteriorate and vital food sources and essential functions provided to our planet and its people by the oceans could be lost forever. Since healthy oceans underpin our very survival, Greenpeace is today releasing an “Emergency Oceans Rescue Plan” aimed at world leaders, which sets out the best way to save our oceans- something that can and should be done at the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) which takes place later this month in Japan. More
August 2010 Our activists are suspended 15 meters above the frigid Arctic waters of Baffin Bay. They have taken up position on the drilling rig Stena Don to call for a ban on deep sea oil drilling in the Arctic, and demand that ‘wild cat’ oil company Cairn energy stop drilling, pack up and go home. The banner? “Hands off the Arctic, go beyond oil!” More
July 2010: Following a ten-year Greenpeace campaign, Europe bans the trade in illegal timber - a great leap forward in the struggle to protect the world's forests and climate. More
May 2010 Sweet success: A big 'Thank You!' to the hundreds of thousands of you who supported our two-month Kit Kat campaign by e-mailing Nestlé, calling them, or spreading the campaign message via your Facebook, Twitter and other social media profiles. This morning, Nestlé finally announced a break for the orang-utan - as well as Indonesian rainforests and peatlands - by committing to stop using products that come from rainforest destruction.More
Nestlé agrees to stop purchasing palm-oil from sources which destroy Indonesian rainforests. The decision caps eight weeks of massive pressure from consumers via social media and non-violent direct action by Greenpeace activists as the company concedes to the demands of a global campaign against its Kit Kat brand. MoreRead the success story
February 2010: Indian computer manufacturer Wipro announces the launch of a PVC- and BFR-free computer after several years of pressure by Greenpeace on tech companies to provide toxics-free electronics.
November 2009: Household chemical giant Clorox announces a phase-out of the use and transport of dangerous chlorine gas in the U.S., bowing to years of pressure on the industry from Greenpeace. More
Oct. 21, 2009: Apple clears the last hurdle to removing toxic PVC plastic in its MacBook and iMac computers, capping Greenpeace’s Green my Apple campaign with a win. More
Oct. 7, 2009: Plans to build the Kingsnorth coal power plant, what would have been the first new plant in the U.K. in 20 years, are shelved following a three-year campaign by Greenpeace. More
Aug. 5, 2009: In a tremendous victory for ancient forests, Kimberly-Clark announces a policy that places it among the industry leaders in sustainability. The announcement brings the five-year Greenpeace Kleercut campaign to a successful completion.
Aug. 25, 2009: After seven years of Greenpeace pressure, Finnish government-owned logging company Metsähallitus agrees to leave the tall trees of the old-growth forests of northern Lapland standing, sustaining the livelihood of the Sámi people.
April 15, 2009: Germany announces it will become the sixth EU country to ban the cultivation of Monsanto’s genetically engineered corn — the only GE crop that can be commercially grown in the region.
March 12, 2009: The construction of an open-pit coal mine in Poland, where Greenpeace set up a Climate Rescue Station in December 2008, is suspended, stopping around 50 million tonnes of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere.
February 2009: Following a six-month Quit Coal campaign by Greenpeace, the Greek minister of development states the government is not considering coal or nuclear power as part of Greece’s energy future. Instead, it will promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Feb. 26 2009: Electronics giant Philips bows to pressure from Greenpeace and consumers and becomes a leader in environmentally friendly take-back policies for electronic waste.
Sept. 10, 2008: Six Greenpeace U.K. volunteers are acquitted of criminal damage by a Crown Court jury in a landmark case that centred on the contribution made to climate change by burning coal. The charges arose after the six attempted to shut down the Kingsnorth coal-fired power station in Kent in 2007 by scaling the chimney. More
Aug. 5, 2008: After our campaign in the 1990s against toxic PVC, the U.S. belatedly follows Europe’s lead of outlawing toxic PVC in children’s toys.
July 9, 2008: Ferrero becomes the latest large palm oil user to change its position to support a moratorium on cutting down trees in Indonesia for palm oil plantations. More
May 15, 2008: After three weeks of actions, a popular spoof advert and 115,000 online signatures, Unilever changes its position to support a moratorium on cutting down trees in Indonesia for palm oil plantations.
March 14, 2008: After a campaign in Argentina, the government announces a ban on energy-wasting incandescent lightbulbs. More
Dec. 12, 2007: The World Bank’s private lending arm, the International Finance Corporation, decides to sell its equity stake in Olam International Limited. Olam’s involvement in illegal timber trade was first detailed in our Carving up the Congo report. More
Dec. 6, 2007: The Irish government announces the EU’s first ban on energy-wasting incandescent lightbulbs.
Nov. 25, 2007: Together with other environmental groups, Greenpeace gets 1.5 million signatures of support and pushes through Argentina’s first federal forest protection law.
May 26, 2007: After four years of Greenpeace campaigning to bring an end to deep-sea bottom trawling, representatives from countries around the world gathered in Chile to carve out a fisheries agreement for the South Pacific region, protecting it from this destructive fishing method.
May 2, 2007: Apple announces a phase-out of the most dangerous chemicals in its product line in response to a Webby-award winning online campaign by Greenpeace and Apple fans worldwide. The campaign challenged Apple to become a green leader in addressing the electronic waste problem. More
March 7, 2007: The New Zealand government announces cancellation of proposed coal-burning power plant Marsden B in Northland. For four years, Greenpeace challenged the plan. The struggle included a nine-day occupation, high court challenges, protests, a record number of public submissions and a pirate radio station. More
Feb. 15, 2007: The High Court rules the U.K. government’s decision to back a program of new nuclear power stations was unlawful on the basis that the government had failed to adequately consult citizens and groups who oppose nuclear power. More
Sept. 27, 2006: Estonia launches an investigation into the Probo Koala following three days of blockade by Greenpeace vessel Arctic Sunrise. It is the first official action against the ship, which poisoned thousands and killed eight in the Ivory Coast when it dumped a cargo of toxic waste that had been refused by the Netherlands. The ship sailed to Estonia unhindered until Greenpeace took action.
July 25, 2006: McDonald’s agrees to stop selling chicken fed on soya grown in newly deforested areas of the Amazon rainforest and becomes instrumental in getting other food companies to also sign a zero deforestation policy. Pressure from the companies forces their suppliers to agree to a two-year moratorium on buying soya from newly deforested areas.
June 26, 2006: Dell promise to remove the worst toxic chemicals from it products, closely following the move of its rival Hewlett-Packard. Greenpeace pressured both companies to make their products greener and help tackle toxic e-waste.
May 31, 2006: Spain confirms the country’s eight operating nuclear power plants will be phased out in favour of clean, renewable energy.
April 3, 2006: Seafood suppliers Gorton’s, Sealord and parent company Nissui withdraw their support for Japanese whaling after months of pressure by Greenpeace. More March 9, 2006: Electronics giant Hewlett-Packard commits to a phase-out plan for a range of hazardous chemicals in its products.
March 9, 2006: Electronics giant Hewlett-Packard commits to a phase-out plan for a range of hazardous chemicals in its products.
Feb. 16, 2006: France recalls its asbestos-laden warship Clemenceau, which it had planned to dump on India, following Greenpeace actions.
Feb. 14, 2006: An area twice the size of Belgium (6.4 million hectares) is given greater protection in the Amazon after a Brazilian presidential decree.
Jan. 13, 2006: Cyberactivists convince a major Nissui client in Argentina not to buy from a corporation involved in the killing of whales.
Nov. 28, 2005: The Swiss vote no in a referendum to determine whether genetically engineered crops and animals can be grown in the alpine nation over the course of five years.
Nov. 24, 2005: Buenos Aires announces plans to implement a zero waste policy after a campaign by Greenpeace in Argentina.
Oct. 27, 2005: Celebrities support tips the balance in favour of protecting the forests of northern Argentina after a long fight by Greenpeace and the indigenous Wichi people.
Oct. 4, 2005: Electronics giant Motorola and health and body care companies L’Occitane, Melvitacosm and Alqvimia drop the most toxic chemicals from their products.
Aug. 17, 2005: Electronics giant LG announces it is eliminating toxic chemicals from its entire consumer electronics range.
July 5, 2005: European Parliament bans toy manufacturers from using six toxic chemicals.
April 29, 2005: Sony Ericsson announces it will be phasing out the use of toxic chemicals in its products. This is the result of thousands of participants in our online action to pressure electronics companies to come clean.
March 22, 2005: Photocopy giant Xerox agrees to stop buying timber pulp from StoraEnso, the Finnish national logging company, and agrees to a sustainable procurement policy following pressure by Greenpeace cyberactivists.
Nov. 11, 2004: The Brazilian government creates two protective reserves in the Amazon totalling two million hectares following years of campaigning by Greenpeace.
Nov. 4, 2004: Biotech giant Bayer pulls out of genetically engineered research in India after sustained pressure from Greenpeace.
Oct. 29, 2004: MQ Publications becomes the first U.K. publisher to collaborate with the Greenpeace Book Campaign, committing to phasing out paper that’s not ancient forest friendly. MQ Publications also publicly challenges all U.K. publishers to follow suit.
Oct. 29, 2004: Greenpeace efforts to achieve tighter controls on the notorious shipbreaking industry result in an international agreement between 163 nations to treat obsolete ships as waste.
Oct. 22, 2004: Russia ratifies the Kyoto Protocol, putting the global climate protection agreement over the threshold required to become international law.
Sept. 30, 2004: Cyberactivists in Japan halt introduction of recycling-unfriendly and unreturnable plastic bottles when beer manufacture Asahi bows to citizen pressure.
Sept. 1, 2004: Ford Europe announce a reversal of the decision to scrap its fleet of fuel efficient electric Th!nK City cars. Pressure applied by Greenpeace and cyberactivists convinced Ford to Th!nk Again.
July 20, 2004: Queensland Energy Resources announce the end to the Stuart Shale Oil Project in Australia against which Greenpeace campaigned.
June 22, 2004: Unilever, Coca-Cola and McDonald’s promise to phase out climate-killing chemicals in their refrigeration equipment.
June 17, 2004: Electronics giant Samsung announces plans to phase out hazardous chemicals in its products after its brand-name products were graded red — as containing hazardous chemicals — on the Greenpeace database.
June 1, 2004: Iceland steps back from plans to kill 500 minke, sei and fin whales over two years, announcing a quota of only 25 minkes for the year. Greenpeace web activists fuelled domestic opposition by gathering 50,000 worldwide signatures to a pledge to visit Iceland if the government would stop whaling.
May 11, 2004: Monsanto announces it will suspend further development and open field trials of its genetically engineered “Roundup Ready” wheat.
April 2, 2004: The UN International Maritime Organisation designates the Baltic Sea as a “Particularly Sensitive Sea Area,” a decision for which Greenpeace advocated for years.
March 31, 2004: Following the controversial U.K. government approval of genetically engineered corn for commercial planting, the only company authorized to grow it withdraws its application.
Feb. 18, 2004: The Stockholm Convention comes into force following years of lobbying by Greenpeace calls for the elimination of all Persistent Organic Pollutants. Read the success story
Feb. 4, 2004: Esso loses its court case against Greenpeace in France, which had developed a parody of Esso’s logo with a double dollar sign.
Nov. 21, 2003: Thanks to intensive lobbying by cyberactivists around the world, Greenpeace prevails against an attempt by member states to remove the organization from the International Maritime Organisation.
Aug. 6, 2003: The Deni, indigenous peoples of the Amazon, celebrate the end of an 18-year campaign to mark their land as protected from logging. Greenpeace volunteers used GPS technology and a helicopter for a month to create an eco-corridor around 3.6 million hectares of land.
May 7, 2003: Intense lobbying efforts by Greenpeace and Global Witness result in UN sanctions on Liberia for illegal logging.
Feb. 26, 2003: A French court agrees to lift an injunction against Greenpeace for creating a parody version of the Esso logo. In July, Greenpeace was ordered to remove the logo from its website. On appeal, the court agreed the depiction on a website branding the oil giant Environmental Enemy Number One was protected speech.
Feb. 7, 2003: McDonald’s in Denmark bows to pressure and takes a leadership position in opening its first restaurants that use no climate-killing chemicals for refrigeration. More 2002: Brazil declares a moratorium on export of mahogany following revelations of the extent of illegal logging and timber trade. Greenpeace actions around the world help enforce the ban.
2002: Brazil declares a moratorium on export of mahogany following revelations of the extent of illegal logging and timber trade. Greenpeace actions around the world help enforce the ban.
2002: The European Union, followed by Japan, ratifies the Kyoto Protocol on climate change.
2002: Greenpeace helps defeat a major drive by pro-whaling nation Japan and its supporters to re-introduce commercial whaling through the International Whaling Commission.
May 2001: After years of negotiations and pressure from Greenpeace, a global agreement for the elimination of Persistent Organic Pollutants becomes reality in May 2001 when a UN treaty banning them is adopted.
2001: Greenpeace lobbying, together with earlier expeditions to the Southern and Atlantic oceans exposing pirate vessels, are instrumental in the adoption of an international plan of action to combat illegal fishing in international waters.
2000-2001: A number of European retailers, food producers, and subsidiaries of multinational companies guaranteed to keep genetically engineered ingredients out of their products due to consumer pressure. Thanks to its consumer networks in 15 countries, Greenpeace tests products, collects information about food products and policies and exposes contamination cases.
2000: An import ban is adopted on all bigeye tuna caught by pirate vessels in the Atlantic.
2000: Turkey’s plans to build its first nuclear reactors at Akkuyu as part of a larger project to construct 10 reactors by the year 2020 is cancelled in July after eight years of campaigning by Greenpeace and others.
2000: The Biosafety Protocol is adopted in Montreal. It aims to protect the environment and human health from risks of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) by controlling international trade of GMOs. Greenpeace has campaigned to stop the irreversible release of GMOs into the environment and to protect biodiversity from genetic pollution since 1995. More
1999: Nine countries ban the use of harmful phthalates in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) toys for children under three and the EU introduces an emergency ban on soft PVC teething toys.
1999: Japan is ordered to stop “experimental” fishing of southern bluefin tuna by the International Law of the Sea Tribunal.
Jan. 14, 1998: The Environmental Protocol to the Antarctic Treaty comes into force. More
1998: A historic accord, the OSPAR Convention, bans the dumping of offshore installations at sea in the North-East Atlantic. The convention also agrees to phase out radioactive and toxic discharges, as proposed by Greenpeace. More
1998: Shell agrees to bring its infamous offshore installation, the Brent Spar, to land for recycling. Greenpeace campaigned since 1995 to persuade the oil company not to dump disused installations in the ocean. More
1998: The EU agrees to phase out driftnet fishing by its fleets in EU and international waters by the end of 2001, after 15 years of campaigning by Greenpeace.
1997: Ministers from industrialized nations adopt the Kyoto Protocol, agreeing to set legally binding reduction targets on greenhouse gases, following more than a decade of campaigning by Greenpeace.
1997: Greenpeace collects the United Nations Environment Programme Ozone Award for the development of Greenfreeze, a domestic refrigerator free of ozone depleting and significant global warming chemicals.
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1996: The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty is adopted at the United Nations. More
1995: Following a high-profile action by Greenpeace, and public pressure, Shell U.K. reverses its decision to dump the Brent Spar oil platform in the Atlantic Ocean. More
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1995: Greenpeace actions to stop French nuclear testing receive international attention. Over seven million people sign petitions calling for a stop to testing. France, the U.K., the U.S., Russia and China commit to sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.
1995: Following a submission made with Greenpeace support, UNESCO designates Russia's Komi Forest as a World Heritage Site.
1994: The Antarctic whale sanctuary, proposed by France and supported by Greenpeace, is approved by the International Whaling Commission.
1994: Greenpeace actions exposing toxic waste trade from Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries to non-OECD countries culminate in government negotiation of the Basel Convention banning this practice.
1993: The London Dumping Convention permanently bans the dumping at sea of radioactive and industrial waste worldwide.
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1992: France cancels this year’s nuclear tests at Moruroa Atoll, following the Rainbow Warrior’s visit to the test zone, and vows to halt tests altogether if other nuclear nations follow suit.
1992: Worldwide ban on high seas large-scale driftnets comes into force.
1991: The 39 Antarctic Treaty signatories agree to a 50-year minimum prohibition of all mineral exploitation, in effect preserving the continent for peaceful, scientific purposes. 1991 Major German publishers go chlorine-free after Greenpeace produces chlorine-free edition of Der Spiegel as part of campaign against chlorine bleaching.
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1989: A UN moratorium on high seas large-scale driftnets is passed, responding to public outrage at indiscriminate fishing practices exposed by Greenpeace.
1988: Following actions at sea, and submissions by Greenpeace, a worldwide ban on incinerating organochlorine waste at sea is agreed by the London Dumping Convention.
1985: French nuclear testing in the South Pacific again becomes the subject of international controversy, particularly following the sinking of Greenpeace’s ship, the Rainbow Warrior, by the French Secret Services.
1983: The Parties to the London Dumping Convention call for a moratorium on radioactive waste dumping at sea. As a result of Greenpeace’s repeated actions against ocean dumping, this is the first year since the end of the Second World War where officially no radioactive wastes are dumped at sea.
1982: After actions at sea against whalers, a whaling moratorium is adopted by the International Whaling Commission.
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1978: Greenpeace actions halt the grey seal slaughter in the Orkney Islands, Scotland.
1974: France ends atmospheric tests in the South Pacific after Greenpeace protests at the test site.
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1972: After the first Greenpeace action in 1971, the U.S. abandons nuclear testing grounds at Amchitka, Alaska.