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Q: What is Greenpeace?
Greenpeace is an independent campaigning organisation that uses creative, confrontational and non-violent action to uncover global environmental problems and encourage solutions that enable the realisation of a peaceful, greener future.
Q: What are the goals of Greenpeace campaigns?
Globally, Greenpeace’s main aspirations are to keep this increasingly fragile earth’s ability to sustain the lives of all living things. To achieve this, Greenpeace campaigns to stop and oppose ongoing environmental destruction, and offer alternatives or solutions to environmentally destructive practices.
In each country, the focus of Greenpeace’s campaign always prioritises the biggest problems that exist in each respective country.
Therefore, of course, the focus and priority of campaigns will differ from country to country. But as an international organisation, five campaign focuses have been agreed upon as global priorities. Namely:
1.Calling for the Energy Revolution (massive utilisation of renewable energy combined with energy efficiency) to overcome the biggest threat to planet Earth today: climate change.
2. Maintaining the sustainability of life in the sea by opposing destructive and massive fishing practices, while creating a global network of marine conservation.
3. Campaigning to realise sustainable agriculture by encouraging ecologically and socially responsible agricultural practices as well as protecting the remaining natural forests of this world.
4. Working to realise peace and disarmament by reducing dependence on limited resources, as well as calling for the complete elimination of all nuclear weapons.
5. Creating a toxic-free future by encouraging safer alternatives to hazardous chemicals that are now widely used in products and manufacturing processes.
Q: Greenpeace is synonymous with actions that seem radical. Why do you need to take action?
Non-Violent Direct Action (NVDA) is one of the basic values of Greenpeace because of:
1. The rights of the people to know
Communities need to know the environmental and social prices that must be paid regarding the current human lifestyle, which is usually hidden by parties involved in environmental destruction from public knowledge. Peaceful non-violent action is an important tool for attracting public attention and the mass media in order to create awareness of the existence of environmental problems; and to urge the government and industry to realize their responsibilities and roles to help overcome this problem.
2. Changes to regulations and policies
Legal and policy rules are designed to protect and empower society, business and the environment. But sometimes what happens can be the opposite. Many legal rules prioritise economic growth without taking into account the environmental and social costs that must be paid by the community. Such rules must be changed.
3. Action is hope
Many people feel helpless or indifferent in this modern society, a society in which many governments and industries adopt the notion of ‘economic growth at whatever the cost’. It creates a large gap between the poor and the rich, the loss of farmers’ livelihoods and fishermen, and the massive destruction of the environment that sustains all of us.
But in the midst of difficult situations like this, it only takes one person to step forward and take action. Because however small the deed is, it can produce major changes and inspire thousands or millions of others.
Q: In Malaysia, why does Greenpeace focus on forest campaigns?
We aim to preserve our precious natural forests. By becoming one of the many stewards of our forests, we not only protect communities whose lives depend on the forests, but also endangered species such as orangutans and tigers because Malaysia’s biodiversity is one of the world’s richest. By doing so, we also protect the global climate that plays a very important part – sustaining life on this earth.
Q: Where are Greenpeace funding sources from? Is it true that Greenpeace is funded by foreign interests?
Financial independence is our core value and one of Greenpeace’s greatest strengths. Greenpeace is able to take risks and confront environmental destroyers because of political and financial independence. Greenpeace is a non-governmental organisation that has a policy of not receiving donations from the government and companies. The aim is to maintain independence.
Q: How can I join Greenpeace Malaysia?
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To look for opportunities to join Greenpeace as full-time staff, please visit our Work with Us page.
Q: Where is Greenpeace Malaysia’s office?
Level 6, L6-12, Menara Sentral Vista, 150, Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, 50470.