GET INVOLVED WITH GREENPEACE
How can I get a job with Greenpeace?
All employment opportunities in Canada are posted on our website. Click here to see what’s available now.
How can I volunteer with Greenpeace in Canada?
Greenpeace has regular opportunities for volunteers across Canada. If you don’t live in one of the listed cities, you can still sign up for updates as we often take action in different parts of the country and may need your help. Click here to learn more about our volunteer program and opportunities to get involved with a Greenpeace Local Group.
How can I request a presentation about Greenpeace at my school?
We have resources, and in some areas people, available to help educate students about critical topics such as climate change and Canada’s role in it . Our presentations are interactive, thought provoking, and a great supplement to existing programs. And of course, they’re free of charge.
If you live in the Greater Toronto Area, you can request a visit from one of our dedicated group of volunteer Greenspeakers who will come to your school for a presentation. We can deliver an existing presentation or work with you to develop specific content for your program. To request a presentation in Toronto, or to join our group of Greenspeaker volunteers, click here.
How and when was Greenpeace formed?
Greenpeace was formed in Vancouver in 1971, when a group of environmental and anti-war protesters took peaceful, direct action against U.S. nuclear weapons testing on Amchitka, a volcanic island in the Aleutian Islands, west of Alaska. They chartered a fishing vessel, renamed her Greenpeace and sailed off to the prohibited zone to bear witness. Learn more about our history.
How is Greenpeace organized?
Greenpeace is present in more than 55 countries across Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa and the Pacific. Greenpeace consists of Greenpeace International in Amsterdam, and Greenpeace national and regional offices.
Greenpeace International monitors the organizational development, oversees our fleet of ships, coordinates planning and implementation of our global campaigns and monitors compliance with core policies.
Greenpeace is one of the most well-known, effective, and ambitious environmental organizations in the world. Greenpeace has consultative status with the United Nations and has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
How many offices does Greenpeace have?
Greenpeace has a presence in over 55 countries. Greenpeace Canada has offices in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.
Where does Greenpeace get its funding?
To maintain our independence, Greenpeace does not accept money from corporations or governments. Greenpeace relies on donations from individual supporters, and on grants from foundations. Greenpeace does not accept donations that could compromise our independence, objectives or integrity.
Is Greenpeace a charity?
Greenpeace is an independent organization that does not take money from corporations or governments. In order to advocate effectively and maintain our freedom to act on environmental issues, Greenpeace Canada is registered as a non-profit rather than a charity, which means that donations are not eligible for income tax credits. We rely on individual donations from people just like you to do the work we do.
Is Greenpeace affiliated with any political party?
Greenpeace is a non-partisan organization and has no affiliation with any political party. Greenpeace does not solicit or accept funding from governments or political parties.
How many financial supporters does Greenpeace have?
There are more than 3 million Greenpeace financial supporters worldwide, close to 55,000 of whom have supported the Canadian office in the last 18 months. There are also millions of people around the world who take action with us every day as volunteers and non-financial supporters.
Why is monthly giving so important to Greenpeace?
Greenpeace isn’t afraid to speak up for what’s best for our planet and stand up to governments and big corporations when their policies or practices harm our environment. We’re committed to exposing threats to the environment in all forms, no matter how powerful the players involved, and seeking solutions through open and informed debate. We’re able to do this – and to be effective – because unlike other environmental organizations we’re 100% independent. We don’t accept donations from corporations or governments.
This is why Greenpeace monthly donors are so important. They give us the ability to effectively tackle power and make real change happen.
Why does Greenpeace use face-to-face canvassing?
Face-to-face fundraising is an important way for Greenpeace to communicate with the public about our campaigns and to recruit monthly donors to support our work in the long-term. Tens of thousands of current monthly donors give to Greenpeace Canada because of a conversation they’ve had with one of our canvassers on the street or at their door over the years.
Greenpeace currently works with Public Outreach – our face-to-face agency partner – to recruit monthly donors. Canvassers receive extensive training and regular briefings from Greenpeace campaigners and follow Imagine Canada’s ethical fundraising code.
If you’ve had an exceptional experience with a Greenpeace fundraising representative, or even one that wasn’t so great, we’d like to hear about it. Please call our friendly Supporter Services team at +1(800) 320-7183 or by email at [email protected].
How has Greenpeace’s fundraising approach changed as a result of COVID-19?
In March 2020, Greenpeace Canada suspended all face-to-face fundraising operations. This has had a significant effect on our income and our base of monthly supporters: for many years, face-to-face fundraising has been an important way for Greenpeace to communicate with the public about our campaigns and to recruit monthly donors to support our work in the long-term. Tens of thousands of current monthly donors give to Greenpeace Canada because of a conversation they’ve had with one of our canvassers on the street or at their door over the years.
In July, as parts of the country moved to the Second and Third Stages of reopening, we began to explore the possibility of resuming face-to-face operations again on a limited basis, with safety and adherence to public health protocols top of mind. Satisfied that we are able to meet those protocols, the decision has been made to resume face-to-face fundraising in areas where that is possible and on a reduced basis.
Greenpeace currently works with Public Outreach– our face-to-face agency partner – to recruit monthly donors. Canvassers receive extensive training and regular briefings from Greenpeace campaigners and follow Imagine Canada’s ethical fundraising code.
Since we’ve paused our campaigns at the beginning of the pandemic, there has been an expected decline in the number of new monthly donors who have joined Greenpeace. Without those donors joining our movement, our ability to continue to make the change our supporters expect becomes more challenging. As Canadians, this is a crucial moment in our history where we can make significant changes to what the future will look like for generations to come. Right now, it is especially important that we not only generate the funding needed to accomplish our important goals, but we also need to communicate with as many Canadians as possible to share our message of hope and work towards a Green and Just Recovery.
If you’ve had an exceptional experience with a Greenpeace fundraising representative, or even one that wasn’t so great, we’d like to hear about it. Please call our friendly Supporter Care team at +1(800) 320-7183 or by email at [email protected].
How are you keeping your canvassers and the public safe while fundraising?
We are committed to the safety of all of our canvassers and the public alike. As such, our agency partner, Public Outreach, has developed a thorough plan so that canvassers can engage in safe conversations outdoors with potential supporters. The following was updated at the beginning of 2022.
All Public Outreach canvassers working with Greenpeace Canada are required to be fully vaccinated. Before beginning every shift, all canvassers must complete a self-assessment, found here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment
Public Outreach provides KN95 masks to all canvassers. If a KN95 mask cannot be provided for any reason, canvassers will wear a medical mask underneath a cloth mask. Canvassers are required to be masked at all times while on shift, including in a vehicle or other type of transport, and on breaks. Canvassers are required to wear their masks to cover the nose and mouth, with a secure fit around the face.
The tablets used by canvassers will not be shared between staff and will be sanitized before every shift, after every break and at the end of every shift. Similarly, any indoor work stations used by staff will be sanitized before every shift, after every break and at the end of every shift.
While on shift, canvassers must adhere to social distancing guidelines and ensure two meters are maintained while canvassing, avoid all physical contact with others, and sanitize their hands before shifts and throughout the shift as needed.
Canvassers will follow all relevant Public Health protocols including self isolating for a minimum of five days if they show any COVID-19 symptoms or if they obtain a positive test result. They will not leave self-isolation or return to work until they are symptom-free for at least 24 hours.
Why is Greenpeace emailing, calling or mailing me?
Everything we achieve comes thanks to the support of our donors and it’s vital that we continue to seek and grow that support to build a winning movement for the future of our planet. That means that if you’ve taken action with Greenpeace, by signing an online petition, making a donation or becoming a volunteer, you’ll likely hear from us by email, by phone or through the mail. We’ll do our best to keep you up-to-date on our work and illustrate how your action is creating a greener and more peaceful planet, and will honour any preferences you may have in terms of the frequency and method of those communications. Some supporters take multiple actions with Greenpeace and as a result, duplicate records may be created, unintentionally leading to over-communication. We’re sorry if you feel this has happened to you and we invite you to get in touch to help us correct errors and to ensure your communication preferences are recorded and respected.
If you have received a phone call from a Greenpeace representative recently, the number displayed should be one of the following:
Again, Greenpeace supporters are at the heart of everything we do and we’ll make every effort to communicate with you in the ways you wish.
What are Greenpeace’s main campaign areas?
- Transforming energy. Working with the public, lobbying governments and putting pressure on corporations to shift from oil and nuclear to renewable energy.
- Protecting Nature. We work to protect biodiversity in all its forms, from great global forests and oceans, to mighty rivers and lands. We aim to safeguard and restore the essential ecosystems for a healthy planet and all who call it home.
- Living Sustainably. Overproduction and overconsumption is totally unsustainable. We are pushing to reduce overconsumption, sustainably farmed agriculture and reducing the amount of chemicals in today’s products and manufacturing processes.
How do Greenpeace campaigns work?
Greenpeace is the most effective environmental campaigning organization on the planet because we are people-powered, science-based and action-oriented. We’re well known for our peaceful direct action, whether it’s facing down massive oil tankers in kayaks, or unfurling a banner in an unexpected place when the world is watching to bring attention to a critical issue. But there’s a lot more that goes into a campaign.
We use a strategic framework called IDEAL. We EXPOSE wrongdoings using our ability to INVESTIGATE and DOCUMENT environmental threats and follow it up with ACTS that disrupt business as usual and inspire citizens to use their voice. This then gives us the power to LOBBY key decision makers to make change.
Learn more about the ways we campaign:
What has Greenpeace accomplished?
Greenpeace has contributed to hundreds of positive environmental changes in Canada and around the world over the past 40+ years. Click here for a list of some of our most significant successes.
How many ships does Greenpeace have and what do they do?
How can I help out on one of Greenpeace’s ships?
To apply for a position as a crewmember on one of our ships, send a detailed cover letter and a CV to:
Greenpeace Marine Services
Ottho Heldringstraat 5
1066 AZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Or apply online here.