Rainbow Warrior in full sail off Honolulu, Hawaii.

GREENPEACE began with a small group of individuals who decided to get together to protest against nuclear testing at Amchitka, off the west coast of Alaska. They went on to form GREENPEACE and later initiated campaigns on major environmental issues. One of the founding principles of GREENPEACE is to "bear witness" - that is to watch and record environmental destruction. This principle of direct action together with peaceful confrontation, has been the cornerstone of GREENPEACE's campaigns.Southeast Asia is of enormous significance to the future of the planet earth. The rich natural heritage of the region is worth protecting in its own right. However, the staggeringly rapid industrialization and economic growth of the past 30 years has come at a huge environmental cost. The environmental impacts of the region also stretch beyond their own national boundaries. Severe environmental degradation already exists across Southeast Asia. Apart from the recent Asian financial crisis, pollution and resources destruction are further intensifying as multinational companies and industrialized nations target the region for the expansion of their environmentally destructive operations and technologies. Reinforcing these problems is the lack of awareness among the Asian public about environmental destruction and weak democratic mechanisms to empower communities to influence decisions. Recognizing the importance of the developmental potential and threats in these areas, and in order to consolidate and expand its campaign work in Southeast Asia, Greenpeace is increasing its activities in the region.

Greenpeace is already active in many part of Asia. Our work in the region has included stopping hazardous waste imports, opposing radioactive shipments, campaigning against forest destruction, lobbying governments on sustainable energy issues and drawing attention to the dangers of waste incinerations. Often working with other local groups, Greenpeace has run successful campaigns in the Philippines, Taiwan, India, and Indonesia. We made a commitment to develop a presence in Asia in late 80s and early 90s, and first established an office in Japan (1989) and then China (1997). Initial investigations were also initiated in SEA, focusing primarily on Indonesia and Philippines.

Southeast Asia is in a key position to determine global environmental security. Over the past 30 years, Greenpeace has successfully campaigned in industrialized countries to reduce and eliminate environmental pollution and degradation. However, these efforts and many achievements can easily be reversed as these same multinational companies export dirty technologies resulting in environmental degradation in the region. Hence, after many years of investigations and establishing campaign presence in key countries, Greenpeace finally succeeded in opening an office in the region. Greenpeace Southeast Asia was formally established on March 1, 2000.

Greenpeace Southeast Asia's Mission Statement

 

" Safeguard environmental rights,
Expose and stop environmental crimes,
Advance clean development. "

2008 Greenpeace Southeast Asia Annual Report

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True Cost of Coal in the Philippines (Volume 2)

Publication | July 25, 2014 at 12:00

Coal is the single greatest threat to our climate. Given the economic, social and environmental havoc that climate change has wrought in the Philippines, embracing coal is a dangerous policy. Short term benefits of coal to some elite players...

Inspired by History

Blog entry by Nikos Charalambides | July 10, 2014 1 comment

It was this day, 29 years ago, the Rainbow Warrior was touching rock bottom in the port of Auckland after the bombing by French secret service agents. She took Fernando with her. We will always remember both. I was young(er) that...

Reflections of a Water Bender

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Greenpeace Philippines' Youth Camp 2014

Blog entry by Jacqueline Teer | July 9, 2014

Last weekend, on July 5- 6 2014, a few selected youth environmentalists, including myself, made their way into the beautiful scenery and accommodations of Ten Cents to Heaven in Tanay, Rizal alongside the Greenpeace youth camp...

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Blog entry by Abigail Aguilar | July 3, 2014

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For several years now, I have been watching with growing interest developments surrounding the controversial Lynas rare earth processing plant in Kuantan, Malaysia. As an activist who has worked on numerous cases of toxic waste dumping...

Independence under way

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11 Ways to Detox Football

Blog entry by Robin Perkins | June 3, 2014

Since the launch of the latest  Detox investigation  into toxic-football, the past few weeks have been action packed. From a fan-powered protest in Mexico’s iconic Azteca stadium to a huge digital #DetoxWave, thousands of volunteers,...

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