Greenpeace International

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Origin. Greenpeace evolved out of a series of environmental and anti-nuclear protests in Canada in the late 1960s and early 1970s. In 1985 it became the focus of international attention when agents of the French security services blew up the organization’s flagship, Rainbow Warrior, while it was in Auckland Harbour, New Zealand.

Mission. Greenpeace is an independent global environmental organization that aims to secure a planet ‘that is ecologically healthy and able to nurture life in all its diversity’. It campaigns to: prevent pollution and abuse of the Earth’s land, oceans, air and fresh water; end all nuclear threats; and promote peace, global disarmament and non-violence.

Organization. Greenpeace International has its headquarters in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, from where it co-ordinates worldwide campaigns and monitors and advises national and regional offices in 55 countries.

Financial contributions from governments, political parties and commercial organizations are not accepted. Funding is provided by individual supporters and foundation grants. In 2013 Greenpeace had 3m. individual supporters.

  • Headquarters: Ottho Heldringstraat 5, 1066 AZ Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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  • Executive Directors: Bunny McDiarmid (New Zealand) and Jennifer Morgan (USA).

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