Finding heart in the melting Arctic

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The record has already been broken – but it is about to be shattered.

This isn’t the kind of record you wish to remember and tell your grandchildren about. This is no tale of great sporting achievement like Usain Bolt smashing his way into the Olympic record books. No, this is something entirely more sombre.

History - A Trip for Life

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The first voyage would last for decades and change the world.

Our impact

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Our first campaign - to stop nuclear testing - eventually led to The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. Since then, with the support of 2.8 million people worldwide, we’ve won hundreds of successes in our campaigns for a greener and more peaceful world.

Our successes

Greenpeace in the 2010s

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Russia puts an end to nuclear waste shipments; the biggest, most ambitious forest conservation deal ever is announced; Nestlé agrees to stop purchasing palm oil from sources which destroy Indonesian rainforests; plans for a third runway at Heathrow airport are axed; Europe bans the trade in illegal timber; the occupation of oil rigs and ships in the Arctic and the UK - and we're only just getting started...

Activists occupy the Stena Don oil-rig in the Arctic. © Greenpeace.

Greenpeace in the 1990s

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Winning a permanent, world-wide ban on dumping radioactive and industrial wastes at sea; the protection of Antarctica World Park for 50 years; more victories on CFCs and toxics; the start of our climate change campaigns; the launches of Greenfreeze fridges and fuel-efficient Renault Twingos; the establishment of an Antarctic whale sanctuary; the adoption of Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty; and the adoption of the Kyoto protocol. 

Police remove an activist from a railway blockade, in which Greenpeace successfully stopped a trainload of chemicals as part of a campaign against CFC's. 1992. © Greenpeace / Jaap Rumping.

Greenpeace in the 2000s

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A global treaty to eliminate persistant organic pollutants; the adoption of the UN Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety; campaigns against Star Wars and the Iraq war; Russia ratifies the Kyoto Protocol; Brazil protects 2 million hectares of the Amazon forest; electronics companies including Apple agree to phase out the most hazardous chemicals; the Great Bear Rainforest is saved from destruction; the High Court rules that the UK government's decision to back a programme of new nuclear power stations is unlawful; a moratorium on deforestation for new soya plantations; plans to build the Kingsnorth coal power plant are shelved after the acquittal of the Kingsnorth Six.

Greenpeace activist on the stem of a military supply vessel at Marchwood military port in Southampton in 2003 as part of a global campaign to prevent a military attack on Iraq. © Greenpeace / David Sims

Our history

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In 1971, motivated by their vision of a green and peaceful world, a small team of activists set sail from Vancouver, Canada, in an old fishing boat. These activists, the founders of Greenpeace, believed a few individuals could make a difference. 

Crew of the Phyllis Cormack on the first Greenpeace voyage (Vancouver to Amchitka) in 1971. © Greenpeace / Robert Keziere.

New CD release: Amchitka, the 1970 concert that launched Greenpeace

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Joni Mitchell & James Taylor

October 16th, 1970, Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, Canada. On that night rising music stars Joni Michell, James Taylor and Phil Ochs waived their fees in support of Greenpeace, delivered brilliant performances and made history.

Deep Green: Ecology? Look it up! You’re involved

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Deep Green - Rex Weyler

With reflections on the roots of activism, environmentalism, and Greenpeace’s past, present, and future, here's Rex Weyler - author, photographer, ecologist, Greenpeace International co-founder and long-time trouble-maker. Read it, share it and, if you enjoy it as much as I do, sign up to get the column by email every month. Over to Rex Weyler:

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 Stowe, Quaker leader of the Don’t Make a Wave Committee that launched the campaign, belonged to a dozen such groups and believed that after a campaign the group should disband. His idea of keeping things simple and grassroots has merit, but as we know, that’s not how things turned out.

About Greenpeace

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We are passionate about protecting the Earth – the only life support system we have. We are independent. That means we can tackle power, not problems. We do this by investigating, documenting and exposing the causes of environmental destruction. We work to bring about change through political lobbying, citizen action and consumer pressure. And we will take peaceful direct action to protect this fragile planet and promote the solutions for a green and peaceful future.

Greenpeace was founded by a small group of activists in 1971. Today, we have a presence in more than 40 countries. While the size of the organisation may have changed, our commitment to defending the planet and promoting peace, to achieving positive change through action, and to realising our vision of a green and peaceful world is as strong as ever.

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