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About Us

Topic | 4 March, 2010 at 13:15

Greenpeace is an independent global campaigning organisation that acts to change attitudes and behaviour, to protect and conserve the environment and to promote peace.

History and Successes

Background | 14 September, 2009 at 14:35

"A trip for life, and for peace": that’s how Irving Stowe, one of the co-founders of Greenpeace, described the plan to sail a boat to the Arctic Ocean to stop the testing of a nuclear bomb. Irving didn’t know it then, but the Greenpeace trip...

A Brief History of Environmentalism

Blog entry by Rex Weyler | 5 January, 2018 4 comments

"The goal of life is living in agreement with nature." — Zeno ~ 450 BC (from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers) Homo sapiens roamed the Earth. We can only speculate about how these early humans reacted, but migrating...

Deep Green: Pillars of Greenpeace leave a legacy

Blog entry by Rex Weyler | 6 August, 2010 1 comment

In July, two Greenpeace founders – Jim Bohlen, 84, and Dorothy Stowe, 89 – passed away. Both lived full lives as agents of social change, that leave us much to ponder and to emulate. Social change often ignites on the fringe, in...

Forty-five years of people power

Blog entry by Jennifer Morgan and Bunny McDiarmid | 15 September, 2016

After forty-five years, countless campaigns and stories - one thing remains central to the Greenpeace identity, and that is people. People are at the heart of who we are and what is needed to create the green and peaceful world we need...

Lyle Thurston 1937 - 2008

Feature story | 31 March, 2008 at 12:36

Lyle Thurston, one of 12 crewmembers on the original Greenpeace campaign, died of pneumonia at the age of 70 in Victoria, BC, Canada, March 26, 2008. "Doc" Thurston - a medical doctor, patron of the arts, and lifetime environmental advocate -...

The Greenpeace Chronicles

Publication | 15 September, 2011 at 16:30

In the year marking Greenpeace's 40th anniversary, we wanted to bring you a collection of stories and a selection of images that attempt to show you more about what Greenpeace is and what Greenpeace does.

Greenpeace finally arrives at Amchitka

Blog entry by brianfit | 30 August, 2007

Kieran Mulvaney, sailing aboard the Esperanza, wrote the following for Undercurrents, the crew blog for our Bering Sea voyage: Thirty-five years, eleven months, and eighteen days later, we finally made it. On September 15, 1971,...

Let's make it a green peace

Blog entry by Bunny McDiarmid and Jennifer Morgan | 20 September, 2016

Today (21 September), around the globe, we mark Peace Day knowing that for many, peace is nowhere to be found. Not today. And unless things change dramatically, not any time soon. On New Years Day 2016, a Médecins Sans...

Rachel Carson - And the birth of modern environmentalism

Blog entry by Rex Weyler | 27 September, 2012 2 comments

"The 'control of nature' is a phrase conceived in arrogance, born of the Neanderthal age of biology." ― Rachel Carson. Fifty years ago, on September 27, 1962, Rachel Carson published Silent Spring, a culture-crashing exposure of...

Fire Then and Now

Blog entry by Rex Weyler | 13 July, 2016

Fire is the fundamental human technology, the foundation of everything that came after in human societies. Controlled fire transformed our diet, physiology, psychology, language, social structure, technologies, and our relationship to...

Feb 2010 - Real Sustainability

Background | 9 March, 2010 at 13:10

Cultural habits - like people - go through stages when they face death. Dr. Elizabeth Kübler-Ross described this process as the 'five stages of grief' - denial, anger, bargaining and depression, before the final acceptance of reality. In human...

May 2010 - Cars

Background | 20 May, 2010 at 14:49

The Toyota hybrid with a stuck accelerator and no brakes is a sad icon of our age. Our modern industrial society remains stuck on growth and does not know how to stop. Like the runaway Toyota, we are headed for a crash. The car, however, is...

April 2010 - The car

Background | 20 March, 2010 at 14:54

The Toyota hybrid with a stuck accelerator and no brakes is a sad icon of our age. Our modern industrial society remains stuck on growth and does not know how to stop. Like the runaway Toyota, we are headed for a crash. The car, however, is more...

March 2010 - Net energy

Background | 20 March, 2010 at 14:54

As ecologists attempting to steer human civilisation back to a healthy relationship with the Earth, we benefit from understanding certain rules of nature, including the 'Net Energy' effect.

David McTaggart

Background | 20 November, 2006 at 15:15

Deep Green Special #1: The Greenpeace Manifesto

Background | 10 September, 2009 at 15:23

Readers have asked if there exists a Greenpeace founding manifesto of original aims and principles. The 'Greenpeace Declaration of Interdependence', published in our newspaper in 1976 is a candidate,but this statement appeared five years after...

Greenpeace 40 Years

Slideshow | 14 September, 2011

Outflow Action Marchon Pipe Block

Image | 9 November, 1991 at 12:30

Greenpeace pipe blocking at Albright & Wilson's Marchon plant in Cumbria, NW England.

Dec 09 - Propaganda scuttles Copenhagen

Background | 14 January, 2010 at 14:28

Car salesmen and burger tycoons have sabotaged the most important decision of our generation.

Feb 09 - The Living Mountain: Arne Naess 1912-2009

Background | 30 March, 2009 at 13:41

Those who love wild nature and work toward a day when humankind might inhabit this abundant planet with greater wonder, humility, and compassion, mourn the loss of a great ecological visionary - Arne Naess - who died on January 12, leaving behind...

Jan 2010 - The Amchitka Concert

Background | 8 February, 2010 at 13:22

During the 1960s, art and politics merged into a full-spectrum cultural revolution - a liberation of music and poetry, political street theatre, socially-conscious films and novels. A fresh political awareness swept around the world; the women's...

Jan 09 - Ecological Economics

Background | 27 February, 2009 at 16:29

The year 2009 will witness a tsunami of economic appeals to fix, as disgraced Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan put it, the 'flaw' in their thinking. Most will get it wrong.

Dec 08 - Where Economists Fear to Go

Background | 3 February, 2009 at 11:23

In 1992, World Bank officials handed renowned economist Herman Daly adraft of its "Sustainable Development Report" to review. Daly hadwritten Steady-State Economics in 1977, proposing that economistsconsider the requirements of ecology.

Oct 08 - Economy and ecology

Background | 24 November, 2008 at 22:04

Global economic systems crash not only because of greed, fraud and toxic assets, but because those systems rest on fallacies about the natural world. The Ponzi scams and derivatives swindles of international bankers are no substitute for real...

Nuclear history repeating

Blog entry by ahristov | 29 April, 2010

Originally posted by Justin on April 16, 2010 11:05 AM A question we’re compelled to ask more often than we’d like is: Does the nuclear industry ever learn lessons? Is it doomed to repeat its mistakes forever? You see it all the...

Nov 09 - Sustainability and Justice

Background | 10 December, 2009 at 10:45

Most people I talk to support 'sustainability' and 'social justice' goals. Ecology teaches us that we need to frame these human aspirations in relation to the biological capacity of the Earth, the energy, and the resources that support our...

Sep/Oct 09 - Are Cities Sustainable?

Background | 16 November, 2009 at 13:32

A reporter from Dubai phoned last week and asked, "Can Dubai become a sustainable city?" and specifically, "Could the tourism industry be sustainable?" In the age of global warming and declining fossil fuels, the entire airline industry is...

Aug 09 - A Good Solution

Background | 3 September, 2009 at 15:23

Recently, we've been hearing about 'the death of environmentalism' because - allegedly - the world's corporations now understand ecology and will solve our problems with investment, innovation, and gung-ho optimism.

July 09 - Ecological Trauma and Recovery

Background | 3 August, 2009 at 15:00

As a global community, we often appear as a dysfunctional family. We bicker constantly, the strong abuse the weak, and alleged leaders behave like addicts, unwilling to change the destructive habits that are destroying our home. As in any abusive...

May/June 09 - Overshoot and Tech Dreams

Background | 7 July, 2009 at 16:15

Global warming is a symptom of human overshoot: the consumption and waste that exceeds the biophysical capacity of the Earth. If we attempt to reduce the fever, but ignore the disease, we will, at best, extend the suffering.

Apr 09 - Forests: Carbon Sink or Carbon Bomb?

Background | 29 May, 2009 at 14:49

Deforestation contributes to global warming. A rising Earth temperature kills trees and damages forests. Dying trees release more carbon. Atmospheric carbon increases planet temperatures. This cycle of forest collapse represents a critical...

Mar 09 - Climate Alarm!

Background | 4 May, 2009 at 16:52

Last summer, for the first time in recorded history, boats could circumnavigate the North Pole. To the oblivious observer, this might seem like a good thing. Perhaps some green entrepreneur will build resorts on Finland's Svalbard Islands.

Nov 08 - Atomic Renaissance Interrupted

Background | 23 December, 2008 at 13:46

The nuclear industry has hitched a ride on the climate change bandwagon, proclaiming that nuclear power will solve the world's global warming and energy problems in one sweeping "nuclear renaissance."

Sep 08 - Population

Background | 4 November, 2008 at 15:41

In 1972, Ben and Dorothy Metcalfe from the budding Greenpeace Foundation in Canada attended the world's first UN Conference on the Human Environment, in Stockholm, where they succeeded in putting nuclear bomb tests on the agenda with the help of...

Aug 08 - The Dispossessed

Background | 4 November, 2008 at 15:39

In 1969, Marie Aimee took her two children for medical treatment, a six-day voyage across the Indian Ocean from their home on Diego Garcia island to Port Louis, Mauritius. Her husband, Dervillie Permal, stayed behind to work at a coconut oil...

Jul 08 - Peak Oil

Background | 4 November, 2008 at 15:38

As the era of cheap liquid fuels draws to an end, everything about modern consumer society will change. Likewise, developing societies pursuing the benefits of globalization will struggle to grow economies in an era of scarce liquid fuels. The...

Jun 08 - The End of Price

Background | 4 November, 2008 at 15:37

In the 1980s, fishermen caught the last wild Beluga sturgeon from the Sea of Azov, source of prized caviar, and wild sturgeon in the Caspian Sea failed to reproduce. The sturgeon catch plunged by 95 percent, and the cost of caviar soared. Such...

May 08 - Deeper Solutions

Background | 27 February, 2009 at 15:43

Since the late Pleistocene, 100,000 years ago, when a few thousand Homo sapiens poked around Africa, Asia, and the Mediterranean, human population has doubled 22 times. We have one more such doubling left, and that's it. Human population will...

Apr 08 - Peak Everything

Background | 4 November, 2008 at 15:34

History shows that human society can change if some moral force (civil rights, women's rights) challenges convention. However, before we can be optimistic about solving the environmental crisis, we must be realistic. Otherwise, our confidence is...

Mar 08 - Greening the Titanic

Background | 4 November, 2008 at 15:31

Elle magazine announces that eco-friendly fashions are hip and features Stella McCartney vegan, silk dress sandals at $495, which would work well on a date in the $100,000 Tesla electric sports car. "In this epoch of global warming," declares...

Jan 08 - Eco History

Background | 4 November, 2008 at 15:29

When the first Greenpeace boat sailed across the Gulf of Alaska in 1971 toward the U.S. nuclear test site in the Aleutian Islands, the crew and their supporters in Canada had no idea that the campaign would launch a global organization. Irving...

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