Greenpeace is a worldwide, non-profit organization acting to save the earth with all its natural resources, in order to conserve the existing delicate biological balance and allow a healthier life style for all mankind. Greenpeace exposes and maintains non-violent struggles against environmental hazards, looking for alternative solutions, which will serve both man and nature.
Greenpeace acts in favor of all creatures on earth, to prevent atmospheric pollution, which causes severe damage to the ozone layer resulting in constant global heating of the earth. It is also active against materials polluting the soil and seas, against the nuclear threat, as well as in promoting worldwide peace and tolerance.
In order that the organization can realize its vision, it is strict in preserving full independence in everything concerning acceptance of donations. It has no obligations to any donating organization, except its commitment to its own important objectives.
Greenpeace is active in many countries all over the world, with the remarkable help of volunteers and other activists, in America, Northern Africa, Australia, Europe and the Mediterranean. Each country is active in its region, and together they all act and lend a helping hand for the same mutual vital purposes.
Greenpeace activates many other institutions, influencing – both politically and socially – everyone who can make a change. For that purpose the organization has a staff of scientists, political lobbies and economists, strongly tied to governments and industries. In order to be heard and seen all over the world, Greenpeace has an extremely developed media organization, taking care of the distribution of photos and other vital information.
Greenpeace made its first steps in 1971, when a group of Canadian activists from Vancouver sailed on an old ship toward an island in Alaska, where subterranean nuclear experiments endangered many species of animals living in the area. The vessel was intercepted on its way, buts the message was successfully transmitted, and already that year the experiments stopped, and the area was declared a sanctuary for birds.
Since then, and up to the present, the organization has recorded a series of impressive achievements, including the cutting down of nuclear and atmospheric experiments, dealing with the slaughter of grey seals, seal skin trading, nuclear waste disposal at sea, deep water trawler fishing, whale hunting, cutting down of wood, conserving the rain forests, as well as abolishing the use of soft PVC in children’s toys, developing chlorine free products and ‘green’ gas for refrigerators etc’.
At present the organization consists of about 2.8 million activists in 41 countries all over the world.