Greenpeace Southeast Asia. 10 years of protecting our environment together.

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Greenpeace is an independent global campaigning organization that acts to change attitudes and behavior, to protect and conserve the environment and to promote peace by:
  • Protecting the world's ancient forests and the animals, plants and people that depend on them.
  • Catalysing an energy revolution to address the number one threat facing our planet: climate change.
  • Campaigning for sustainable agriculture by rejecting genetically-engineered organisms, protecting biodiversity and encouraging socially responsible farming.
  • Creating a toxic free future with safer alternatives to hazardous chemicals in today's products and manufacturing.
  • Defending our oceans by challenging wasteful and destructive fishing, and creating a global network of marine reserves.

Greenpeace began in 1971 when a concerned group of individuals protested against US nuclear testing off the west coast of Alaska.  The courage and commitment of the first Greenpeace activists, and the non-violent nature of their protest, set an example which thousands of people have since followed as part of a shared mission to bring about
a cleaner, greener and more peaceful planet.

As a global organization, Greenpeace focuses on the most crucial worldwide threats to our planet's biodiversity and environment.  Since our inception we have been successful in campaigning to reverse environmental degradation by 'bearing witness' to environmental destruction and exposing and confronting environmental abuse.  Greenpeace research, investigations, information campaigns, lobby efforts and solutions work have been vital in informing policies by governments and changes in business practices to tackle environment problems.

Greenpeace Southeast Asia was established in 2000 with headquarters in Thailand and offices in the Philippines and Indonesia following the first visit of the Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior to the region during the “Toxic-Free Asia Tour.”

Ten years of environmental investigations, scientific research, reports and lobbying efforts marked with dramatic, non-violent direct actions have propelled our campaigns to bring about critical change in attitudes of government and corporations and have helped us achieve important victories in our campaign to protect the environment.

We could not have done this without the enthusiasm and commitment of our individual donors, supporters, volunteers, and a wide range of allies from grassroots movements and international NGOs, who have shared our vision of positive change for a better world.

GPSEA Vision

Greenpeace is the leading environmental campaign organization in Southeast Asia.

We are trusted, effective and, through “glocal” campaigning, relevant to the people and communities we work with. Our work to expose environmental problems and promote solutions is having a positive impact. And, together with our active supporter base and the wider movement, we are successfully building a sustainable and peaceful future for the people in the region.

Greenpeace Mission

Greenpeace is an independent campaigning organization which uses non-violent, creative confrontation to expose global environmental problems, and to force the solutions which are essential to a green and peaceful future.

Greenpeace’s goal is to ensure the ability of the earth to nurture life in all its diversity.

Therefore, Greenpeace seeks to:

  • Protect biodiversity in all its forms

  • Prevent pollution and abuse of the earth’s ocean, land, air and fresh water

  • End all nuclear threats

  • Promote peace, global disarmament and non-violence

Our core values are reflected in our environmental campaign work

We 'bear witness' to environmental destruction in a peaceful, non-violent manner.  We use non-violent confrontation to raise the level and quality of public debate.  In exposing threats to the environment and finding solutions we have no permanent allies or adversaries.  We ensure our financial independence from political or
commercial interests.  We seek solutions to environmental dilemmas and promote open, informed debate about society's environmental choices.  And in developing our campaign strategies and policies we take great care to reflect our fundamental respect for democratic principles, and to seek solutions that will promote global social equity.

Our funding

The support of individual donors is the backbone of our organization and is invaluable in our efforts to protect the environment.  In order to maintain absolute independence Greenpeace does not accept money from companies, governments or political parties.  Based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Greenpeace has 2.8 million individual supporters worldwide - of which 48,000 are from Southeast Asia - and national as well as regional offices in 41 countries across Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Africa and the Americas.

Our offices

Greenpeace Southeast Asia was established in March 2000 in Thailand and in the Philippines where it has had campaigning presence since 1998. The third office in the network was opened in Indonesia in 2005.  In Indonesia, Greenpeace campaigns to bring about an Energy Revolution, and to protect Indonesian forests.

Greenpeace exists because this fragile earth deserves a voice. It needs solutions. It needs change. It needs action