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Who we are

Background - 29 March, 2007

Greenpeace is a global campaigning organisation that acts to change attitudes and behaviour, to protect and conserve the environment and to promote peace by:

Catalysing an energy revolution to address the number one threat facing our planet: climate change.

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

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

Working for disarmament and peace by reducing dependence on finite resources 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.

Supporting sustainable agriculture by encouraging socially and ecologically responsible farming practices.

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 and  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.

Read about more of our victories here.