Long before the Greenpeace office formally opened in Manila, Greenpeace volunteers were already campaigning about environmental issues significant to Philippine society.

In 1995, a protest action by perhaps the first Filipino Greenpeace volunteers was held at the University of the Philippines. It was an appeal to stop the nuclear testing in Moruroa by the French government that same year. Greenpeace activists hung a banner at the Quezon Hall of UP where the famous sculpture of the oblation stood saying “Mga Miserable Stop Nuclear Testing.” The banner was a parody of the poster of the musical “Les Miserables” with the character Cosette depicted with half of her face drawn as a skeleton.

The group comprised Filipino activists and Greenpeace supporters who wanted to show and sound the alarm against the dangers that nuclear testing posed to people and the environment.

Former Greenpeace campaigner David Batcher and environmental advocate Walden Bello lead a press conference shortly after to condemn plans of the nuclear testing which was at that time portrayed positively in the media responded positively

Stopping nuclear testing and promoting peace and disarmament is one of the most defining campaigns of Greenpeace worldwide. Twenty-three years prior to this action, international Greenpeace activists had also aimed to stop a test blast in the forbidden zone outside Moruroa on board the Greenpeace vessel Vega, where skipper  and one of Greenpeace International’s chairman David Mctaggart was severely beaten by French commandos.

Weapons testing in Moruroa finally ended in 1996.  Filipino volunteers have been part of the movement to end it.

Today our society faces a challenge right on our shores:  the government’s pursuit of nuclear power.  Greenpeace campaigns for a nuclear-free future.  And with new volunteers and supporters we continue to aim to achieve that goal.