Our Actions

Greenpeace stands for positive change through action to defend the natural world and promote peace.

We investigate, expose and confront environmental abuse by governments and corporations around the world. We promote open, informed debate about society's environmental choices. We champion environmentally responsible and socially just solutions, including scientific and technological innovation.

Creative, non-violent direct actions are a key part of our campaigns to raise the level and quality of public debate, but that's not all we do. Here are some of the many other ways we take action to create positive change for the environment.

Investigate

We investigate and expose environmental wrongdoing – whether it’s deforestation in Indonesia or industrial pollution in China. We take samples, do laboratory testing, and conduct scientific analysis.

In 2010, we conducted our first-ever investigation into coal ash, a solid waste leftover from burning coal that can be dispersed by wind over 150,000 kilometers.  Our report even drew the attention of Chinese premier Wen Jiabao, who ordered a government inquiry.

Document

One of Greenpeace’s core values is ‘bearing witness’ – documenting environmental disasters so that they cannot be forgotten or covered up.

We were the first team of independent observers on the scene of the oil spill in Dalian, China, in July 2010. Our photographs and fieldwork revealed the full extent of the oil spill and were widely carried by the media.

Expose

Many companies don’t want you to know the impact they have on the environment – but through careful research, Greenpeace lets consumers know the truth behind many of our most familiar household products.

For example, Greenpeace exposed the link between Nestlé’s Kit Kat chocolate, palm oil, and deforestation in Indonesia. Shocked by the findings, thousands of people asked Nestlé to change – and the company did. We also exposed the presence of toxic chemicals in Apple’s computers with the same successful results.

Act

“Positive Change through Action” is one of Greenpeace’s guiding principles. Non-violent direct action helps bring our message of change to companies, governments, and the public.

It was our willingness to put ourselves between the harpooners and the whale that helped end commercial whaling in 1983. And our actions at sea helped end French nuclear testing in the Pacific Ocean.

Lobby

We engage in dialogue with governments and companies on issues such as toxic pollution, climate change, and deforestation.

In China, we lobbied Coca Cola to convince them to use environmentally friendly refrigerants in all of their beverage machines for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. In Hong Kong, we lobby supermarkets to ban pesticides and genetically engineered foods for consumer safety and health.

To learn more about Greenpeace, please read about our missions and values.

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