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Greenpeace Inc

Rating: 3.38 stars   8 reviews 2,153

Address:

702 H Street Nw No 300 Washington DC 20001 USA

Mission:

Greenpeace is an independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful,creative confrontation to expose global environmental problems, and to force solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future.

Programs:

Climate (energy & arctic): greenpeace is campaigning for a rapid and just transition to a clean energy economy. Our world is hotter now than it has been in two thousand years and, if current trends continue, by the end of the century the global temperature will likely climb higher than at any time in the past two million years. The arctic is warming faster than the rest of the globe and is experiencing some of the most severe climate impacts on the planet. In the u. S. , coal-fired power plants are the single largest source of global warming pollution. The expansion of u. S. Coal exports threatens to become the country's single largest new source of carbon pollution. See schedule o for continuation.

oceans - greenpeace is campaigning for sustainable fisheries and the creation of a network of ocean sanctuaries (marine reserves). Destructive fishing and over fishing are among the most significant threats facing the world's oceans. In addition to wreaking havoc on fish populations, destructive fishing practices harm marine birds and mammals, coastal fishing grounds that many communities rely on, and deep water habitats that are essential for many species to survive. See schedule o for continuation.

forests - greenpeace is campaigning for zero deforestation in the world's ancient forests. As much as 80% of the world's forests have been degraded or destroyed. Ancient forests are home to two-thirds of all plant and animal species found on land, and millions of people rely on them for survival. Forests also store vast amounts of carbon in their trees and soil, which is released into the atmosphere when they are burned or cleared. Currently, deforestation is responsible for 10-20% of global greenhouse gas emissions, second only to the fossil fuel sector. See schedule o for continuation.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 2 stars  

The below copy & paste job reflects the contents of 2 emails I sent to Greenpeace recently, which I never received any answer to.

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This store is actually in Sherman Oaks just south of Van Nuys.

Sent from Joomi Lee

On Jan 23, 2016, at 4:26 PM, Joomi Lee wrote:

After walking out of this grocery store 2 of your young people, white skinny young female and tall white young male, were working outside the front door of Gelsen's Market.

It was mostly the young passionate woman that spoke to me. She obviously thinks Greenpeace is the best non-profit out there. In fact, she even told me so.

She had the good sense not to attack my Bible based beliefs. I have noticed that Greenpeace workers tend to be anti-religious.

However, she made a number of verbal mistakes with me. I will only list the ones I can remember:

1. She falsely accuses a water non-profit I still support to this day via the smile.amazon.com web site of receiving corporate funding. I told her the reason I know 100% of my donations to this water non-profit goes where it's supposed to go is because the founder of this non-profit is well connected financially speaking. His wealthy friends promised to fund all administrative costs for the life of the non-profit. This is not the only reason I support them. Water is far more important than anything else. All lifeforms need water to live, plants, animals, and humans. Without water you would die in less than 7 days.

2. She claimed Greenpeace supports all types of issues, not just environmental but also animal welfare rights, humans welfare rights, and so forth. Yet, she didn't even know who the ASPCA was! She was born and raised in this country but I wasn't!

3. She told me 82% of donations to Greenpeace go to advocate for better laws but that the rest goes to administrative costs and to pay for employees like her and the young tall male. Before she told me that, I had wrongly assumed that all your workers were unpaid volunteers.

4. She kept interrupting me and she was a lousy listener. I told her why I no longer support Greenpeace during the middle of the conversation and at the end she asks me why I don't support Greenpeace anymore!

I have only made one donation at the GlobalGiving.org web site and it was for 2 reasons:

a. The project promised to be self-supporting, which it now is.
b. I closely identified with the project.

I have greatly reduced many distracting variables in my life and one of them was Greenpeace. I still donate here and there to different types of non-profits but only because I still believe in them. I no longer believe in Greenpeace. Whatever little credibility Greenpeace still had in my mind was totally blown away by your young female employee yesterday afternoon in front of Gelsen's Market in Van Nuys, CA.

I don't even give anymore money to my mom's religion, Christians of the Jehovah's Witness variety, as of July 2014 because I no longer believe or trust the Governing Body (top religious leaders of the Watch Tower organization). I still attend meetings at my mom's local kingdom hall "church" here or there but I quite often walk out early before the meeting is over. I didn't even bother to attend last year's big summer convention. I am also considering skipping out on this year's Memorial (The Lord's Supper: The biggest JW religious event of the year, sort of the equivalent of the Roman Catholic Easter). I believe the Governing Body only cares about my money or cares more about my money than anything else about me. They don't care about me as a person but only in regards to how obedient I am to their NON-prophetic words over the prophetic words in any Bible translation/language I own in my bedroom. They claim to love me as a neighbor but I don't believe them. They are mostly a bunch of old white men. What can I say?

Thank you for understanding me better now.

Joomi Lee

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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I remember as a kid backpacking Europe, I went to a beach full of syringes and litter and a local said, "no worries, it's an American tourist beach -we clean it up right before they arrive for the season". I realized how deep our problems are, and that America is even worse, but we have the money to hide it better than any. Then I saw one of the Greenpeace ships and asked to sail with them. They didn't take me seriously, but when I got back to the states I immediately joined their ranks. I've committed my life to environmental education ever since - now going on three decades.
Having worked for Greenpeace for nearly 5 years (a long time ago), I can share that they are all hard working, dedicated, passionate people who put in 24 hour days, 7 days a week to protect the little left of our clean, wild planet. Not only are they pioneers, but they are state of the art. Through direct action they attract and thus use media, which is free, to advertise the issues the public should know about so that the public can then get involved (see, those actions aren't silly, they're good business!). They educate on issues to help the public learn the topics - the cause and effect. If negotiations fail, they fund raise to pay for materials, lawyers and other essentials needed to win campaigns. Mostly, they are fearless. Holding a Quaker philosophy of "bearing witness", they believe that if you see harm, you are responsible to get involved/act. And they are peaceful. While they will trespass they will not harm people. All this is why they live on as one of the greatest environmental organizations: they inspire. Thanks, Greenpeace!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Greenpeace is an action-orientated organization. They have the boots on the groud to do the things that other organizations won't do.

If we want to save the planet we can't just sit at desks and write reports. Someone needs to communicate directly with the Big Polluters and Greenpeace is all about action.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Their campaign to make Costco move to sustainable seafood.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Greenpeace does not take any money from corporations or government, making it one of the only groups today that does not need to compromise its principles in exchange for money.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Their work on whales to stop the US president from backtracking on reforms to the International Whaling Commission (IWC)

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More work on protecting endangered Caribou.

 
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Rating: 2 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

In my humble opinion, Greenpeace and organizations like them, should look to promote the sustainable uses of our natural resources. For example cutting trees. Many or all of us own or use many things that come from trees whether directly produced or as byproducts. For example, in our homes there is generally a frame made from wood, many of us have cabinets, furniture, doors, wood moldings, flooring, etc. In our daily lives we uses paper in many different forms such as printing, kleenex/toilet tissue, and many others. Our school children use crayons, pencils, cellulose tape, glue, and many other products that come from wood or the byproducts of wood. In athletics we have hardwood floors for basketball, baseball bats, hockey sticks, and much more. The most important thing is to look at the statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. We have 50% more forest land now than we did in 1950. Clear-cutting and leaving town is a thing of the distant past, and yes, organizations like Greenpeace are part of the reason for this change, but now we are in an era where sustainability means just as much to the companies (most of which are family owned multigenerational businesses) as to activists who say no cutting trees for any reason. On that note, a densely populated forest is much more likely to have intense fire (see California) and spread diseases that lead to large scale destruction of our forest lands. If a tree is cut and processed then the manufactured product stores the carbon of the tree for decades until it goes through the rotting process, which for trees that are disease reddened or burned happens much sooner. So my request is that we all, as Americans, support the use of one of our nation's greatest natural resources and industries the lumber industry.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Roadblocks in terms of legislation for those that manufacture wood products and support of other products more harmful to the environment such as steel and imported bamboo.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Become advocates of protecting our natural resources for the purpose of using them not isolating them.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Okay

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Unsure

What is unique about this organization?

The amount of volunteers willing to give time and money to promote their cause.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 1 stars  

GREENPEACE is a joke. Sea Shepherd has saved 1000's of whales during the past 5-6 years, while Greenpeace has saved ZERO. Why aren't they sending their ships to the Southern Oceans to protect whales?

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

follow them online

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Send their ships to the Southern Oceans to protect whales!

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Greenpeace works incredibly hard and gets RESULTS. They train their staff better than any organization I've seen - coming out of that training I was and am ready to take on any activist pitch, get up on any stage, talk about causes for hours. The administrators are super dedicated. I think the hardest thing is just the stress of pounding the pavement every day wears people out. There isn't really a good way to retain talented people in positions that are more long term.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Recruiting and maintaining donors off the streets, sending 75 cents on every dollar right back out to campaigns, making people see the immediacy of these issues. AND they're completely independent, no corporate money, every cent comes from individuals.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Incredible boss, inspiring work, and if you can tough it out, the training to take you absolutely anywhere in the nonprofit world

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Mostly really dedicated and motivated individuals with a few pot smoking bums thrown in.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Focus on transitioning it's best staff into more long term positions

Ways to make it better...

There had been an option for occasional office work or just a break from the grueling pace of canvassing.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Keeping an open dialogue with the public about what Greenpeace really is and does, that they are completely nonviolent and push hard on fairly mainstream issues rather than being as radical as they are perceived to be.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Next time you walk by a canvasser, give them a minute or two.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

 
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Rating: 3 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

While I'm not personally someone who subscribes to the more-radical tactics of GreenPeace -- and I really can't stand their endless clipboarding-on-the-sidewalk strategies -- the end result of their work is always attention-getting and, therefore, priceless. They are dedicated to their cause with no holds barred, and they deserve some kudos for that in a world of watered-down and smoothed-over nonprofit tip-toeing. Regardless of their obnoxiousness at times, it's truly refreshing to see organizations like this continuing to push the boundaries.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

national media.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hold workshops on how to reach out to your average joe.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

its entertaining radical tactics.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

finally pay its staff what they probably deserve.

Ways to make it better...

they'd stop hounding me if I'm not interested in signing the clipboard.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

overcoming its radical reputation...only if they want (which I don't think they do.)

One thing I'd also say is that...

at least they're shaking things up.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-2-01

 
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