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Greenpeace is a non-governmental environmental organization with offices in over 40 countries and with an international coordinating body in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Greenpeace states its goal is to “ensure the ability of the Earth to nurture life in all its diversity” and focuses its work on world wide issues such as global warming, deforestation, overfishing, commercial whaling and anti-nuclear issues. Greenpeace uses direct action, lobbying and research to achieve its goals. The global organization does not accept funding from governments, corporations or political parties, relying on more than 2.8 million individual supporters and foundation grants.

Greenpeace evolved from the peace movement and anti-nuclear protests in Vancouver, British Columbia in the early 1970s. On September 15, 1971, the newly founded Don’t Make a Wave Committee sent a chartered ship, Phyllis Cormack, renamed Greenpeace for the protest, from Vancouver to oppose United States testing of nuclear devices in Amchitka, Alaska. The Don’t Make a Wave Committee subsequently adopted the name Greenpeace.

In a few years Greenpeace spread to several countries and started to campaign on other environmental issues such as commercial whaling and toxic waste. In the late 1970s the different regional Greenpeace groups formed Greenpeace International to oversee the goals and operations of the regional organizations globally. Greenpeace received international attention during the 80s when the French intelligence agency bombed the Rainbow Warrior in Auckland Harbour, one of the most well-known vessels operated by Greenpeace, killing one. In the following years Greenpeace evolved into one of the largest environmental organizations in the world.

Greenpeace is known for its direct actions and has been described as the most visible environmental organization in the world. Greenpeace has raised environmental issues to public knowledge, influenced both the private and the public sector and has been nominated for The Nobel Peace Prize twice. Greenpeace has also been a source of controversy; its motives and methods have received criticism and the organization’s direct actions have sparked legal actions against Greenpeace activists.

Gulf of Mexico oil Spill Blog Greenpeace Crowdsources Mission to Expose

Greenpeace Crowdsources Mission to Expose Environmental WikiLeaks: Greenpeace Crowdsources Research Of Secret BP Documents BY Ariel Schwartz Greenpeace is on a mission to expose major corporations and government agencies involved in shady activities–and it wants your help. Greenpeace is on … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Gasoline Summit Biofuels

Gasoline Summit Biofuels ‘Gasoline Summit’ Solves Nothing as Biofuel Chaos Continues German politicians met Tuesday in a hastily arranged ‘Gasoline Summit’ to discuss public distrust over the introduction of higher concentrations of biofuels. Politicians pledged to better inform the public … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Greenpeace Challenges British Government

BP Gulf of Mexico spill: Greenpeace can bring case against UK deepwater oil drilling The safety of deepwater drilling near the Shetland Islands, where BP, Total and Chevron operate, will be challenged in a landmark court case brought against the … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Deepsea Desperation Board Game

Deepsea Desperation Board Game Deepsea Desperation: Greenpeace’s free BP oil spill-inspired board game Need a new board game to play over the holidays? Greenpeace has an eco-themed one for you — and it’s free! Deepsea Desperation let’s you embrace your … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Greenpeace Protest on Gulf Oil Rig

Greenpeace Protest on Gulf Oil Rig Greenpeace ‘occupies’ gulf oil rig WASHINGTON, Nov. 23 (UPI) — Environmental advocacy group Greenpeace said its members have occupied an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico to protest deep-water exploration. Activists scaled the … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico oil Spill Blog Oil Remains in Gulf of Mexico

Oil Remains in Gulf of Mexico Greenpeace Finds Spilled Oil Remains in Gulf of Mexico by Cain Burdeau NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Greenpeace said Nov. 1 it disagrees with official statements that most of the oil from the BP disaster is … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Greenpeace Artic

Greenpeace Artic An Arctic oil spill could linger for years Almost everyone can agree that, however bad the Deepwater Horizon oil blowout in the Gulf of Mexico was, a major spill in an icy Arctic sea would be worse. How … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Greenpeace Dead Coral

Greenpeace Dead Coral Gulf oil spill: Dead deep-sea corals found near BP well Scientists on a research cruise have found dead and dying deep-sea corals near the site of the massive BP oil leak. Federal officials reported the discovery Thursday, … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Greenpeace

Greenpeace Greenpeace: Oil is still in the Gulf of Mexico By CAIN BURDEAU Associated Press Writer NEW ORLEANS — Greenpeace said Monday it disagreed with official statements that most of the oil from the BP spill is gone from the … Continue reading

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