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Why is Greenpeace important?

Asked by qwertzicle (157 points ) June 14th, 2014

Please give me a brief explanation as to why Greenpeace is important? I felt like looking up some organisations that Australia is a part of… Greenpeace came up and after searching the webpage a bit, I couldn’t find any reason (in my head of course) why Greenpeace is important. I am not trying to offend anybody but I was just curious as to why this organisation is important. Please put your full opinion.

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longgone's avatar

They are one of the few groups dedicated to protecting nature who actually get stuff done.

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thanks for your answer longgone :)

longgone's avatar

Sure – welcome to Fluther! :]

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

It is possible that you aren’t able to find anything important on Greenpeace because you are using a terminal with an Australian IP address. Greenpeace has been fighting for it’s life against the Australian government since their presence in Australia became known in the early 1970’s. You may need to use a proxy server to do proper research on Greenpeace from Australia.

If you want to know about Greenpeace impact on industry, government, and law in the southern hemisphere, your best bet would be to personally visit the Greenpeace Australian Pacific offices across the street from Victoria Park and the the University of Sydney on Level 2, 33 Mountain Street, Sydney.

Greenpeace International is the largest non-government environmental organization in the world. They operate through political action committees and lobbying with regional offices in 45 countries, and through direct actions on both land and sea. Greenpeace has a general consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council and is a founding member of the INGO Accountability Charter; an international non-governmental organization that intends to foster accountability and transparency of non-governmental organizations.

They can get things done.

Greenpeace is known for its direct actions and has been described as the most visible environmental organization in the world. They have raised environmental issues to public knowledge, and influenced both the private and the public sector. Greenpeace has also been a source of controversy; its motives and methods have received criticism and the organization’s direct actions have sparked legal actions against Greenpeace activists, such as fines and suspended sentences for destroying a test plot of GMO wheat.

Greenpeace has a staff of 2,400 and 15,000 volunteers globally.

The global organization does not accept funding from governments, corporations or political parties, relying on 2.9 million individual supporters and foundation grants.

On its official website, Greenpeace defines its mission as the following:

—Greenpeace is an independent global campaigning organization that acts to change attitudes and behaviour, to protect and conserve the environment and to promote peace by:

—Catalysing an energy revolution to address the number one threat facing our planet: climate change.

—Defending our oceans by challenging wasteful and destructive fishing, and creating a global network of marine reserves.

—Protecting the world’s remaining ancient forests which are depended on by many animals, plants and people.

—Working for disarmament and peace by reducing dependence on finite resources and calling for the elimination of all nuclear weapons.

—Creating a toxin free future with safer alternatives to hazardous chemicals in today’s products and manufacturing.

—Campaigning for sustainable agriculture by encouraging socially and ecologically responsible farming practices.

~ Greenpeace International

Most of this information came from Wikipedia, the Encyclopedia Britannica, and various Greenpeace international website through a proxy server based in the United States. Information on proxies are found on Wikileaks and other sites. The use of proxies can be illegal.

Personally, I think the world would be much different today if it weren’t for the creation of Greenpeace in 1969. I haven’t always agreed with some of their some of their methods, but no other environmental organization has been more effective in bringing environmental issues—many of them impending disasters—before the public eye. They are not only the most important environmental organization on the globe, but the most effective and I am very glad they are here.

Welcome to fluther, @qwertzicle

longgone's avatar

^ “Greenpeace has been fighting for it’s life against the Australian government since their presence in Australia became known in the early 1970’s.”

Wow, that’s interesting. Thanks!

qwertzicle's avatar

Thanks too both of you’s. I’m probably going to “abandon ship” soon so if you’s could spread the word about this question that would be much appreciated.

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