Greenpeace is the largest independent direct-action environmental organization in the world
We also campaign for no new nukes, chemical security, and sustainable agriculture.
We defend the natural world and promote peace by investigating, exposing and confronting environmental abuse, and championing environmentally responsible solutions
Our investigations are a fundamental part of our campaigns and solutions work. We expose those responsible for an environmental crime, and work with affected communities to identify solutions. Our global nature and our fleet of ships allow us to investigate environmental crimes and impacts wherever they are happening - often in remote places, or out at sea.
Investigations often start at the scene of an environmental crime – and then trace the 'chain of destruction' through suppliers and retailers, revealing the links between often remote environmental destruction and powerful players in consumer countries.
Greenpeace was founded in 1971 by a small group of anti-war protesters taking nonviolent direct action against US nuclear weapons testing. Today, taking action is as important as ever to the way we campaign for a greener, more peaceful and equitable world. Guiding all of our actions, always, is our commitment to nonviolence and personal responsibility.
Direct action is about physically acting to stop an immediate environmental wrong at the scene of the crime. We act to confront those in positions of power with their responsibility for stopping global environmental abuse, and to raise the level and quality of public debate. Above all, we act to provoke action from those with the power and responsibility to make change happen.
Often, environmental problems – like climate change or forest destruction - are widely acknowledged, but governments, corporations and international bodies all duck or dismiss the solutions. Our solutions work promotes open, informed debate about society's environmental choices, and involves industries, communities and individuals in making change happen. Whether the solutions are political, social or technological, we believe that they should be both environmentally responsible and globally equitable.
We have no permanent allies or enemies. We don't solicit or accept funding from governments, corporations or political parties, or donations which could compromise our independence, aims, objectives or integrity. Instead, we rely on the voluntary donations of individual supporters and grant-support from foundations.
We take personal responsibility for our actions, and we are committed to nonviolence. These principles are inspired by the Quaker concept of 'bearing witness', which is about taking action based on conscience – personal action based on personal responsibility.