Greenpeace Southeast Asia. 10 years of protecting our environment together.

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Greenpeace is an independent global campaigning organization that acts to change attitudes and behavior, to protect and conserve the environment and to promote peace by:
  • Protecting the world's ancient forests and the animals, plants and people that depend on them.
  • Catalysing an energy revolution to address the number one threat facing our planet: climate change.
  • Campaigning for sustainable agriculture by rejecting genetically-engineered organisms, protecting biodiversity and encouraging socially responsible farming.
  • Creating a toxic free future with safer alternatives to hazardous chemicals in today's products and manufacturing.
  • Defending our oceans by challenging wasteful and destructive fishing, and creating a global network of marine reserves.

Greenpeace began in 1971 when a concerned group of individuals protested against US nuclear testing off the west coast of Alaska.  The courage and commitment of the first Greenpeace activists, and the non-violent nature of their protest, set an example which thousands of people have since followed as part of a shared mission to bring about
a cleaner, greener and more peaceful planet.

As a global organization, Greenpeace focuses on the most crucial worldwide threats to our planet's biodiversity and environment.  Since our inception we have been successful in campaigning to reverse environmental degradation by 'bearing witness' to environmental destruction and exposing and confronting environmental abuse.  Greenpeace research, investigations, information campaigns, lobby efforts and solutions work have been vital in informing policies by governments and changes in business practices to tackle environment problems.

Greenpeace Southeast Asia was established in 2000 with headquarters in Thailand and offices in the Philippines and Indonesia following the first visit of the Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior to the region during the “Toxic-Free Asia Tour.”

Ten years of environmental investigations, scientific research, reports and lobbying efforts marked with dramatic, non-violent direct actions have propelled our campaigns to bring about critical change in attitudes of government and corporations and have helped us achieve important victories in our campaign to protect the environment.

We could not have done this without the enthusiasm and commitment of our individual donors, supporters, volunteers, and a wide range of allies from grassroots movements and international NGOs, who have shared our vision of positive change for a better world.

Our Mission in Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia’s forests, mountains, rivers, and oceans are home to thousands of species of plants and animals.  But today much of our flora and fauna are under threat from pollution, deforestation, climate change and genetic contamination.  Although rapid industrialization has made Southeast Asia one of the most dynamic regions in the world today, its economic success has come at a heavy price.

Through its campaigns, Greenpeace aims to protect the region from further ecological ruin and to serve as a beacon of awareness and action in the interest of environmental protection and sustainable development.

In the last ten years, Greenpeace Southeast Asia has built a strong track record of running and winning campaigns in our mission to safeguard environmental rights, expose and stop environmental crimes, and advance clean development.  These achievements stand as proof of Greenpeace Southeast Asia’s ability to effectively influence governments in the region and to catalyze landmark changes for the environment.

Our current campaigns are focused on

  • securing a moratorium on deforestation to protect the climate, biodiversity and forest dependent communities,
  • facilitating the uptake of decentralized and renewable energy in the region,
  • stopping commercialization of genetically-engineered rice, and
  • creation and implementation of national policies to stop the pollution of water sources.

Our core values are reflected in our environmental campaign work
We 'bear witness' to environmental destruction in a peaceful, non-violent manner.  We use non-violent confrontation to raise the level and quality of public debate.  In exposing threats to the environment and finding solutions we have no permanent allies or adversaries.  We ensure our financial independence from political or
commercial interests.  We seek solutions to environmental dilemmas and promote open, informed debate about society's environmental choices.  And in developing our campaign strategies and policies we take great care to reflect our fundamental respect for democratic principles, and to seek solutions that will promote global social equity.

Our funding
The support of individual donors is the backbone of our organization and is invaluable in our efforts to protect the environment.  In order to maintain absolute independence Greenpeace does not accept money from companies, governments or political parties.  Based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Greenpeace has 2.8 million individual supporters worldwide - of which 48,000 are from Southeast Asia - and national as well as regional offices in 41 countries across Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Africa and the Americas.

Our offices
Greenpeace Southeast Asia was established in March 2000 in Thailand and in the Philippines where it has had campaigning presence since 1998. The third office in the network was opened in Indonesia in 2005.  In Indonesia, Greenpeace campaigns to bring about an Energy Revolution, and to protect Indonesian forests.

Greenpeace exists because this fragile earth deserves a voice. It needs solutions. It needs change. It needs action