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Greenpeace is a non-governmental environmental organization which has as main goal is to "ensure the ability of the Earth to nurture life in all its diversity“.
Greenpeace focuses its work on worldwide issues such as global warming, deforestation, overfishing, commercial whaling and anti-nuclear issues.
Normally they use direct action, lobbying and research toachieve its goals.
In 1971 a group of environmental activists come together to protest the testing by the U.S. military of a 5-megaton bomb under Amchitka, Alaska.
At the next year Greenpeace was founded and began raising funds.
Since 1979 into the mid-1990s, David McTaggart was the central figure among various groups operating under the Greenpeace name,consolidates these diverse factions as Greenpeace International and assumed leadership of the organization.
A lot of events happened in Greenpeace throughout history as when the French Navy admitted to bombing a Greenpeace oceangoing vessel carrying protesters of France's nuclear testing in the Pacific Ocean and agreed to pay damages to the activist organization. Continuing pressure from Greenpeace leadsthe French government to agreed to end its nuclear testing program in 1992.
Important victories can find in Greenpeace like when the European Union established controls on the use of genetically engineered (GE) crops by EU member nationals.
And even important treaty have been signed under pressure of Greenpeace as the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.
In the other hand, large companies likeXerox which stopped buying timber pulp from StoraEnso, in Finland or Kimberly-Clark (Kleenex, Scott, and Cottonelle) which announced new paper policy besting by sustainability.
Greenpeace receives its funding from individual supporters and foundations. The organization does not accept money from governments, intergovernmental organizations, political parties or corporations in order toavoid their influence.
Since in the mid-1990s the number of supporters started to decrease, Greenpeace pioneered the use of face-to-face fundraising where fundraisers actively seek new supporters at public places, subscribing them for a monthly direct debit donation.
In 2010, most of the €202.5 million received by the organization was donated by about 3 million regular supporters, mainly fromEurope.
:Greenpeace consists of Greenpeace International (officially Stichting Greenpeace Council) based in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and 28 regional offices operating in 45 countries.
The regional offices work largely autonomously under the supervision of Greenpeace International. The executive director of Greenpeace is elected by the board members of GreenpeaceInternational.
The current director of Greenpeace International is Kumi Naidoo and the current Chair of the Board is Lalita Ramdas.
Each regional office is led by a regional executive director elected by the regional board of directors.
The role of the annual general meeting is also to discuss and decide the overall principles and strategically important issues for Greenpeace.
Greenpeace hasa staff of 2,400 and 15,000 volunteers globally.
-THE ENERGY REVOLUTION: Increasing human well-being, fairing energy access for all, respecting for natural limits, phasing out dirty, dangerous fuels, using proven and existing renewable energy .
-OIL: The Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, operated by BP, blew up on April 20th 2010, resulting in the dealth of 11 men andthe worst accidental oil spill in history.
-CLIMATE CHANGES: Its reality can be seen in melting glaciers, disintegrating polar ice, thawing permafrost, dying coral reefs, rising sea levels, changing ecosystems and fatal heat waves.
For example: Sea level rise due to melting glaciers and the thermal expansion of the oceans as global temperature increases with an increase in existing risks of...
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