About Greenpeace

A Trip For Life, And For Peace

Today, Greenpeace is more than three and one-half million strong.

The Greenpeace journey started more than 40 years ago in the early hours of a September morning. The plan for that first Greenpeace crew was to sail a rickety fishing boat to the Arctic Ocean to stop a US government nuclear test. It was to be, in the words of Greenpeace co-founder Irving Stowe, “A trip for life, and for peace.”

Today, Greenpeace is more than three and one-half million strong, with supporters, partners and allies in more than 55 countries.

Following the Quaker tradition which inspired our founding, Greenpeace “bears witness” to environmental destruction, moving from a belief that, as citizens in an interconnected global community, we have a moral obligation to take action against the injustices visited on the Earth in a peaceful, non-violent manner. We challenge the systems of influence and privilege that destroy the environment and place disproportionate burdens on the economically disadvantaged and the vulnerable.

Greenpeace does this by investigating, documenting and exposing abuses of power and by championing solutions. We harness the power of creativity, the authority of science and the passion of activism to disrupt the myths, narratives and barriers that discourage innovation and deny much needed progress.

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Greenpeace is the world's leading independent, environmental campaigning organization. We do not take money from governments or corporations. Every Greenpeace ship, every expedition we lead and every journey we take is powered by the support of private foundations and people like you.

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