The story that Greenpeace tells is that a better world is possible, and that brave individual and collective action can make that world a reality.
It's a positive vision, rooted in hope, and the conviction that when people in large numbers believe change is possible, change becomes possible. We believe that when we take Nature as our model, mentor, and measure, we can change the way we feed and fuel our world. We can live in harmony with the Earth and each other.
We believe optimism is a form of courage. We believe that a billion acts of courage can spark a brighter tomorrow.
To that end we model courage, we champion courage, we share stories of courageous acts by our supporters and allies, we invite people out of their comfort zones to take courageous action with us, individually in their daily lives, and in community with others who share our commitment to a better world.
A green and peaceful future is our quest. The heroes of our story are all of us who believe that better world is not only within reach, but being built today.
The demons we must wrestle are the stories that are holding back a better world: that change is "impossible", "too expensive", "naive", "impractical." Stories that are rooted in apathy, cynicism, and despair and tell all of us we're too small, too few, too weak to change the world. We believe the story of the human journey is better than that. That it's rooted in courage, optimism, and creativity. That when people who believe in those things band together, when they stand up and take action together, their courage is compounded, it becomes contagious. Their voices are amplified, their stories ripple out to change the world.
The old stories are failing us – the stories of infinite growth in a finite world. The stories that tell us we can consume our way to happiness.
The world needs a new story – a story in which humanity overcomes seemingly impossible odds to not only survive, but to thrive. A story in which healthy, abundant oceans and forests heal a world powered by the natural forces that have powered life on Earth for billions of years. A world fed on a delicious bounty of life-giving food and pure water. A story in which the vast and powerful engine of human ingenuity is redirected toward building a more beautiful future for all.
Be a part of that story.
We dare you.
Personal Responsibility and Nonviolence
We take personal responsibility for our actions, and we are committed to nonviolence. These principles are inspired by the Quaker concept of 'bearing witness', which is about taking action based on conscience – personal action based on personal responsibility. We are accountable for our actions, and everyone on a Greenpeace action is trained in nonviolent direct action.
We ensure our financial independence from political or commercial interests. We do not accept money from either companies or governments. And we mean any money. Individual contributions, together with foundations grants, are the only source of our funding. Our independence gives us the authority we need to effectively tackle power, and make real change happen.
Greenpeace has No Permanent Friends or Foes
In exposing threats to the environment and finding solutions we have no permanent allies or adversaries. If your government or company is willing to change we will work with you to achieve your aims. Dither, backtrack or turn around and we will be back.
What matters isn’t words, but actions, and, as far as we’re concerned, there’s only one standard in this: The environment has to benefit.
We seek solutions for, and promote open, informed debate about society's environmental choices. We don’t work to manage environmental problems, we work to eliminate them. That’s why we developed our roadmap to save the seas through the establishment of marine reserves, and an Energy [R]evolution blueprint that points the way to a clean economy. It’s not enough for us to point the finger; we develop, research and promote concrete steps towards a green and peaceful future for all of us.
For the first time in its long history, the Rainbow Warrior is sailing in the name of Climate Justice!
The Rainbow Warrior will be connecting people and their stories, as well as surfacing stories yet untold, about the impacts of the climate crisis on our rights as human beings – our right to life, the right to health, the right to our culture and way-of-life, the right to livelihood, the right to an adequate standard of living for one’s self and family, the right to a balanced and healthful ecology.
Like the balangaw (a Filipino term for “rainbow”) these people’s stories represent the different facets of life that make it light. They are diverse and they herald Hope.
Join us and be part of the stories of hope and positive action as we become the generation that reclaims our right to a stable climate and safe environment.
We all depend on a stable climate, but global warming threatens this vital foundation of all life. Climate change is here now and human activity, scientists agree, is the cause. Today every land on Earth is affected, but if we don't act now, the threat to our children and grandchildren will be far, far worse. Together we must make the leap to a safe, secure energy future for all, 100 percent powered by solar, wind and other clean renewable sources.
Climate change — important and lasting changes in the global climate — is happening because of global warming, the increasing average global temperature.
The global average temperature is now about 1° Celsius hotter than pre-industrial times.
Around the world, climate change already means hundreds of thousands of lives lost each year. The beautiful wildlife we love and seek to protect, from dazzling tropical coral reefs to powerful polar bears, is under threat.
Scientists are certain about the cause
The debate about the cause of global warming and climate change is over.
The cause, climate scientists agree, is human activity creating an overload of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Burning fossil fuels — coal, oil and gas — is the biggest source of these emissions.
It's time to solve the problem
Only urgent, deep cuts in emissions will give us a reasonable chance to avoid the worst impacts of climate change and keep global temperature rise under 1.5° Celsius.
We have only a limited time to act — we can't wait any longer.
Keep fossil fuels in the ground
Greenpeace is working planet-wide to speed up the shift away from the dirty fossil fuels that cause climate change, pollute our air, and make us sick.
Greenpeace is fighting for climate justice for people, and to hold the big polluters to account.
Embrace a 100% clean, renewable energy future
Greenpeace has a positive vision for the future. We believe today's children will be the first to live in a world totally powered by the sun, wind and other safe, clean energy sources.
The Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines has made a historic move. The Commission asserted that it has a clear and explicit mandate to investigate all forms of human rights violations in the Philippines, including human rights violations resulting from climate change, and the companies who contribute to making it worse, regardless of where they are based and operate.
The Commission announced that the next stage of the investigation would be a series of public hearings, concluding with the investigation findings and a set of recommendations by the end of 2018.
From tropical islands and coastal cities destroyed by hurricanes, and river deltas being swallowed by rising sea levels, to withering droughts and widespread forest fires, no country is safe from the ravages of climate change. Extreme weather is causing communities to suffer and flee from their homes and is threatening their basic rights to food, water, shelter, health, and even life.
Big polluters like ExxonMobil and Shell knew decades ago that the burning of fossil fuels could lead to catastrophic climate impacts, but some chose to hide this and undermine climate science and action. That’s why people around the world are taking legal action to hold fossil fuel companies accountable for the impacts their business operations have on the climate and, to force governments to live up to their duty to protect them from this climate crisis.
The science is clear: pollution from fossil fuel companies drives climate change. It’s time for fossil fuel companies to take responsibility for climate change impacts.
Food is life. Food is happiness. Food is love. Our relationship with it is universal, primal, historic, rich in tradition and pride. But right now, most of us do not know where our food comes from. A greedy elite are industrialising, commodifying and controlling every aspect of our food system -- from genome to grocery store. They are growing our food on huge monoculture farms, spraying genetically modified crops with obscene amounts of chemicals and feeding these crops to factory-farmed animals.
The result is a broken system: soils drained of nutrients, poisoned waterways and the destruction of a precious diversity of crop varieties that have enabled human societies to thrive from the mountains to the coast for millennia. At the other end of the food chain, urban consumers – especially the poor – have little choice but to buy pre-packaged food built devoid of nutrition.
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It’s time to transform our broken food system
But a growing food movement is starting to brew around the world. More people are demanding to know where their food is coming from. Farmers and communities are reclaiming control over the seeds of life, and their right to self-determination through the food they grow and eat. A number of far-sighted corporations are looking to meet the evolving demands of the consumers they serve with a food system that matches this growing shift in consciousness.
Greenpeace’s food campaign is here to support the global food movement based on "ecological farming" -- where most of our food is grown ecologically, and farmers together with consumers reject toxic pesticides, chemical fertilizers and GMO seeds. It’s a future where people from all walks of life work together to build a system that is best for their families, farmers, and for the planet.
But we need all of us to act if we’re going to make a dent. Help jumpstart an eco-food revolution by sharing this page. Then click to see What We Can All Do now.
We stand with everyone who wants healthy oceans for our children, who want marine life to thrive and the fishing industry to give jobs and a future for millions. We will be part of the movement that works to create and protect clean seas that bring life to our planet.
Healthy oceans can fight many impacts of climate change.
Ocean sanctuaries, also known as marine reserves, teem with life, their waters are healthier and better able to resist or absorb the impacts of climate change. Climate change is altering the very nature of the oceans, changes in water temperature are causing species to move to warmer or cooler waters and in some parts of the ocean damaging the building blocks of the food web. Powerful sea currents that regulate our weather are changing dramatically and the ice is melting at an increasing rate in the Arctic and areas of Antarctic.
Scientists warn the subsequent rising sea levels will flood low-lying land and wipe out entire islands in our lifetime. Healthy bodies are better at fighting disease and it is the same for the oceans. Find out how.
Letting science and common sense determine how many fish we can catch instead of allowing greedy industries and politicians to decide would end overfishing overnight!
Well, maybe not overnight, but a lot faster than we are now. Overfishing is the most obvious example of the worst kind of management of our natural resources. The experts already know there are too many boats chasing too few fish. Even the world’s favourite fish – tuna – is at risk.
The fishermen know it too, but rather than slow down, the majority of fishing companies are still netting and hooking faster than the fish can reproduce and we are already driving entire populations to collapse. Once one stock is gone the boats simply move on to the next one. Modern technology has given us the capability to explore the ocean far more than ever before, but it has also equipped massive boats to search out fish stocks in the far reaches and depths of the oceans that, until now, nature had kept off limits. There is an imbalance. We are slowly exploring and learning about our oceans, while at the same time as the rate of exploitation accelerates, meaning that we may be destroying species before they have been discovered and described. So how can we bring back the balance?
Let’s make piracy history.
Unfair fishingis a polite way to talk about pirates and cheats, who sail without licenses, without regulation or accountability, often in African waters and the Pacific. And it is not just the masked sailors at sea who are stealing food from poor communities; it’s the company bosses on land as well. Greenpeace is naming and shaming the pirates and, with your help, can cut off their markets. Ending piracy starts here.
Knowing how your fish is caught and at what cost to other marine life, is as important and which fish and where it is landed.
Bycatch is a technical name that in reality means an appalling, unnecessary waste of ocean life. Fishing companies often only want one or two particular species to sell. But their nets and trawls catch anything in their way. More than 300,000 whales, dolphins and porpoises are caught and killed in nets every year. Turtles, sharks, other unwanted fish are trapped and then just shoved over the side, dead or dying. Sometimes the bycatch can account for as much as 90% of the haul. No sane farmer would use a machine that cuts down an entire orchard just for one apple – it should not happen at sea either. Destructive fishing not only affects the fish populations, but also other species and their ocean homes. There are many different fishing methods that result in huge levels of bycatch.
Make politicians prove they are serious about marine protection by really ending whaling.
Whales are icons of our oceans. Their story of being hunted to the brink of extinction, one species after another, is the lesson the fishing industry is refusing to learn. Millions of people were part of the global campaign to stop commercial whaling nearly thirty years ago. But like so many other ocean agreements – the rules are being bent and ignored, and still whales are hunted. Even more are killed as bycatch, through pollution and ship strikes. These mighty titans of the ocean are a warning about how we treat our seas - a warning that we can no longer ignore. Read the story of the whales.
If we stop using the oceans as a giant dumpsite it wouldn’t be choked with plastic, oil and chemicals.
We dump more garbage in the ocean than the weight of fish we take out. Pollutionon land has a massive impact at sea. Imagine a Trash Vortex about the size of Afghanistan, (or Texas, Turkey, the Ukraine or Zambia) endlessly swirling around, full of our plastic rubbish. It’s not imaginary – it’s real. Creeping dead zones in the ocean that can be seen from space are another direct result of our land-based habits. While oil spills at sea may grab the headlines, it is daily oil run-off from land that clogs up more ocean life. Find out where your garbage goes and if we have collected it
Ocean protection begins on land. It begins with each of us.
Along with eminent scientists from around the world, we believe that a global network of ocean sanctuaries (also called marine reserves), will give our oceans the breathing space they need to recover and keep our planet (and us) breathing in the future.
The Detox campaign was launched in 2011 to expose the direct links between global clothing brands, their suppliers and toxic water pollution around the world. Fieldwork and investigations in manufacturing countries, along with the testing of branded garments for traces of hazardous chemicals, resulted in the release of groundbreaking reports that exposed the toxic truth behind our clothes.
The campaign kicked off by challenging global sportswear brands to champion a toxic-free future. Since then, some of the world’s largest fashion retailers have also come under the spotlight. The call for fashion made without pollution has also been echoed by big names within the fashion scene, including designers, models and bloggers.
The Detox Solution for brands and governments
What we ask of clothing companies
To adopt a credible, individual and public commitment to phase out the use and release of all toxic chemicals from their global supply chain and products, by 1 January 2020.
In order to be credible, the commitment needs to be based on three fundamental principles:
Zero discharge of all hazardous chemicals – This means really eliminating all releases: whether via waste water pipe discharges, other production emissions (e.g. air and solid wastes) or later life "losses" from the final product -- recognising that there are no environmentally safe levels for hazardous substances.
Prevention and Precaution – This means taking preventative action towards the elimination of hazardous chemicals in the face of scientific uncertainty. This should be focused on elimination at source through substitution with sustainable alternatives or even product redesign.
Right to know – This means that brands and their supply chains need to be fully transparent and that they need to publicly disclose information about the hazardous chemicals used and discharged when making their products.
Major Fashion brands need to “walk the talk” by:
Adopting clear and ambitious deadlines by when they will have eliminated all releases of the different types of hazardous substances, with priority chemical groups for elimination including alkylphenols and perfluorinated chemicals. Establishing a comprehensive `blacklist´ of hazardous chemicals for elimination and setting deadlines in the near future that are based on the precautionary principle.
Brands need to require their suppliers to disclose the quantities of hazardous chemicals released, in a fully transparent and accessible way. This needs to begin with facilities in the Global South, in countries such as China.
Publicly demonstrating to others how they are making the transition to non-hazardous chemical use so that their process and steps can be followed.
What we ask of governments
Adopt a political commitment to zero discharge of all hazardous chemicals within one generation. This is to be based on the precautionary principle, and include a preventative approach which avoids the production and use of hazardous chemicals (and thereby prevents exposure).
This commitment must be matched with a comprehensive set of chemicals management policies and regulations that establish:
a. Intermediate short term targets to ban the production and use of well-known hazardous chemicals, based on properties such as carcinogenicity, toxicity for reproduction amongst others,
b. A dynamic list of priority hazardous substances requiring immediate action, based on the substitution principle, so that hazardous chemicals are progressively replaced with safer alternatives, and
c. A publicly available register of data on discharges, emissions and losses of hazardous substances, such as a Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR).
The role of #PeoplePower
As global citizens and consumers we also have a voice, and this voice is even more powerful when we speak together. Collectively we can: