Year in PHOTOS: Greenpeace celebrates a year of global victories thanks to YOU

by Cassady Sharp

December 18, 2012

Spinner dolphins (Stenella longirostris) and Short Finned Pilot Whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus).

© Greenpeace / Daniel Beltrá

From stopping "scientific whaling" in South Korea to protecting the Arctic from Shell's oil rigs to shutting down dirty coal plants here in the United States, we're celebrating a 2012 full of victories for our planet. But none of it would have been possible without the help of each of you who choose to support our work. Whether we're pressuring a major company to clean up their supply chain or convincing the government to ban dirty energy, none of it would be possible without our dedicated supporters. It's with the positive momentum of 2012 that we continue to campaign for our futures the next year and the next year and the next year. We're 100 percent supporter funded which means our fights are your fights.Our 250,000 members in the United States and 2.8 million members worldwide provide virtually all of our funding through individual contributions. Your support provides the backbone of our organization and is invaluable to our efforts. Thank you for making all this possible. In 2012 we... Celebrated another year of keeping Shell from drilling foroil in the Arctic! Protected our quality of life and the air we breathe by helping several communities including those inIllinois,PennsylvaniaandVirginiaquit coal and move towards a safer, cleaner future. Applauded Safeway for offeringsustainably-sourced tuna for their customers(and its cheap)! [caption id="attachment_14215" align="alignnone" width="600" caption="Whale sharks like this one can benefit from companies like Safeway and their commitment to sustainable fishing"][/caption] Apple has made a bold claim to make all three of its data centers coal free and has doubledthe amount of solar energy powering its data center in North Carolina. Apple needs to showthose customers how it will turn that rhetoric into reality, with further action and changes toits plans. [caption id="attachment_14258" align="alignnone" width="600" caption="Police talk with activists who are blocking a coal train en route to the Marshall Steam Station, a Duke Energy coal-fired power plant."][/caption] Felt much better about our Googling after the company showed off theirclean-energy data centers! [caption id="attachment_14218" align="alignnone" width="600" caption="Googles data center in Hamina, Finland by Connie Zh"][/caption] With the help of coalition partners,sent nuclear seismic testing packing and saved the lives of Pacific Ocean whales, sea otters, dolphins and dozens of other marine life. Worked with coalition partners in the Herring Alliance to reform industrial fishing off the East Coast,a big win for the critical menhaden speciesand a healthy Atlantic Ocean. [caption id="attachment_14220" align="alignnone" width="600" caption="Dolphins are one of the many marine species that rely on menhaden as a critical food source."][/caption] Powered a community center in Rockaway Beach, New York with theRolling Sunlight, our solar truck,after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. [caption id="attachment_14221" align="alignnone" width="600" caption="Hurricane Sandy Relief with the help of our solar truck the Rolling Sunlight in NYC"][/caption] Russian oil companyGazprom postpones the start of oil production at Prirazlomnaya field, Russia's first Arctic offshore oil deposit. [caption id="attachment_14222" align="alignnone" width="600" caption="A team of 6 Greenpeace activists including Executive Director of Greenpeace International, Kumi Naidoo, board energy giant Gazprom"][/caption] Several of the world's largest fashion retailers, including Levis and Zara, commit to detox their production process protecting global waterways. [caption id="attachment_14223" align="alignnone" width="600" caption="Greenpeace activists in Copenhagen hold a 'thank you' message to their supporters outside a Levi's store. Levi's has committed to eliminate all hazardous chemicals by 2020."][/caption] The Senegal government cancelsall fishing permits for foreign pelagic trawlers,large fishing vessels that drag nets below the surface of the ocean. [caption id="attachment_14224" align="alignnone" width="600" caption="Women at the fishing port of Kafountine, Casamance in Senegal."][/caption]

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