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Greenpeace Making The World A Better Place

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Greenpeace - Making the World a Better Place


Greenpeace is an international organization dedicated to exposing environmental criminals and challenging government and corporations when they fail to live up to their mandate to safeguard our environment and future (Greenpeace International). The organization is made up of 2.8 million supporters world-wide, 250,000 being United States members, who promote different tactics in eliminating the destruction of our environment, including animals, forests, and humans beings. Three websites that introduce and detail the Greenpeace organization are http://www.greenpeace.org/international_en/ , http://www.greenpeaceusa.org/ , http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/. Since all three of the websites are from the same organization, they are very similar, but still include slightly different information in each of them.

Greenpeace consists of forty-one different countries across Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and the Americas, but is originally based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The organization was put together in 1971 when the United States Government was conducting underground nuclear testing on Amchitka Island, north of Alaska. The nuclear testing would endanger animals. A small group of journalist and volunteers took out a small fishing boat in order to bare witness to the testing in the prohibited zone. Finally, in 1972, the US Government banned testing on Amchitka Island. Greenpeace was inspired by their first victory and has played pivotal roles in many environmental issues such as, stopping climate change, protecting ancient forests, saving the oceans, stopping whaling, saying no to genetic engineering, stopping nuclear threat, eliminating toxic chemicals, and encouraging sustainable trade, across the planet.

Multiple tactics are used to reach the organizations individual goals. The most prominent are promoting informed debates about society’s environmental choices, using research, lobbying, and quiet diplomacy. They also use “high-profile, non-violent conflict to raise the level and quality of public debate” (Greenpeace International). By using these tactics, Greenpeace wants to project an image that their ways are non-violent and creative. One mission included, scaling the MV Ikan Altamira’s anchor in order...

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