Encyclopedia of Global Justice

2011 Edition
| Editors: Deen K. Chatterjee


  • Michael Minch
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-9160-5_527

Greenpeace is a leading nongovernmental organization, known for its provocative and often confrontational, yet nonviolent, actions designed to draw attention to various environmental problems of ongoing and global, and immediate and local, concern. Greenpeace works to expose threats to the natural environment, and find solutions to the problems identified. A group of persons gathered in Vancouver, Canada, in 1971 to protest U.S. nuclear testing off the coast of Alaska by putting themselves in harm’s way of the blast. Although intercepted by the U.S. Coast Guard, the group (several of whom were members of the Society of Friends, or Quakers) remained undaunted and formed the organization to which they eventually gave the name, Greenpeace. Working in 45 countries, with 28 regional offices, an international coordinating body in Amsterdam, an international staff of 2,400, and 15,000 volunteers globally, Greenpeace has as its fundamental goal to “ensure the ability of the Earth to nurture...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Minch
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  1. 1.Department of Philosophy/HumanitiesUtah Valley UniversityOremUSA