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Causes: Environment, Land Resources Conservation, Pollution Abatement & Control, Water, Water Resources, Wetlands Conservation & Management

Mission: Greenpeace, inc. 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: Outreach & education & actions campaigns: greenpeace, inc. Furthers its mission of protecting the environment through research, public information and education, outreach and advocacy, and litigation. In 2017, greenpeace, inc. Used several novel approaches for engaging new constituencies and mobilizing even more people overall to help achieve wins for the environment. These include:1. The ship tour this year was primarily meant to engage new audiences and our current supporters on three important topics: offshore drilling, single-use plastic and the sustainable recovery of puerto rico. Over 5,500 people have visited the ship. Our visitors included long time members and former staff, people who weren't familiar with greenpeace, new coalition partners, elected officials, reporters, university faculty and students, members of the epa, and many others. Visitors took tours of the ship and learned about our campaigns as well as our efforts to help with puerto rico response. 2. Brand audits/beach cleanups - we sent a survey to people who signed the plastic petition, and asked them if they'd be interested in doing a clean-up and brand audit. Our supporter mobilization team was expecting about 75 people, but instead: approximately 3000 people filled out the signup survey altogether. More than 400 of them said they were 100% ready to do the tactic. More than 700 said they "might" do the tactic if we sent them the toolkit. 3. The summer of resistance tour stopped in eight key cities focused on general resistance and two key cities focused on pipeline work. These in-person non-violent direct action (nvda) training events were meant to empower participants to take action with us against the harmful trump agenda and fossil fuel infrastructure. We trained 300+ people in nvda in-person. The trainings provided an opportunity to continually test and apply learnings along the way, by adapting the curriculum for the trainings based on participant feedback, assessing different recruitment tactics and providing a variety of opportunities for people to apply the training in their community. In conjunction with our "hold the line" project (focusing on stopping pipelines like kxl) the final two trainings will be in seattle and san francisco in september. To promote the tour we hosted a 30-minute live training webcast on sunday, june 25th where 32,000 people tuned in for at least a portion of it, and over 500 people stayed for the entire webcast. Supporters also gathered to watch the webcast at over 40+ well-attended watch parties, where they started to plan their own creative resistance actions. Following the webcast, we distributed our summer of resistance resource guide to support volunteer-led creative resistance actions throughout the summer. We also utilized text banking and phone banking to reach out to our supporters and recruit them as hosts, leaders, and attendees.

climate & energy campaign: 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. 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. Greenpeace u. S. Is working with allies to block investments in dirty energy projects, and mobilizing broad public support to protect the earth from oil drilling and other industrial exploitation. At the same time, greenpeace is building demand for clean energy and for u. S. Corporate and government leaders to champion a clean energy transition at home and abroad. 2017 greenpeace, inc. Climate and energy campaign highlights include:1. Samsung announced it would refurbish and recycle the 4. 3 million recalled galaxy note 7 smartphones. When samsung was forced to issue a global recall of its note 7 smartphone last fall, it appeared their plan was to send all of these phones straight to the dump. The click clean campaign saw a teachable moment. Five months later, greenpeace was able to turn that plan around, and celebrated an important victory in their campaign! Samsung committed to: refurbishing and selling the recalled phones; detaching salvageable components, such as semiconductors and camera modules, for reuse or sale; and extracting metals using "environmentally friendly" methods. The acts of public pressure from this campaign did not go unnoticed by samsung's competitors. It brought another win for the click clean team when, after several meetings, apple announced its major new commitment to tackle the environmental impact caused by electronics production, becoming the first major it company to commit to using 100% recycled materials for its products. 2. Transcanada cancelled the energy east pipeline that was to run all the way from the oil sands in alberta to eastern canada, at the cost of almost $16 billion. The decision on the line, which could have carried 1. 1 million barrels of crude from alberta to the atlantic coast, sets back efforts by energy companies to send more of the oil overseas.

oceans campaign: greenpeace is campaigning for sustainable fisheries and the sustained through minimal focus on ocean sanctuaries (marine reserves) and cleaning our oceans of plastics. Destructive fishing and overfishing 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 deepwater habitats that are essential for many species to survive. Greenpeace u. S. Is using cutting-edge scientific research, and collaborating with tribal communities, scientists, ngo allies, and seafood retailers to pressure the u. S. Fisheries bodies to support/implement sustainable fisheries management. In a time of increasing polarization around the world, the plastic pollution crisis has captured the attention of people across the political spectrum. A growing body of scientific evidence pointing to the catastrophic environmental and social consequences of ignoring the problem, combined with a public awakening driven by the deeply personal relationship most people share with single use plastics have set the stage for a period of great disruption and exponential change. Greenpeace us is taking the lead on the corporate strand of our global plastics project. This campaign is largely framed around the problem of plastic marine pollution, but the solution is preventing single use plastic at source, not cleaning up the ocean. 2017 greenpeace, inc. Ocean campaign highlights include:1. After 2 years of active campaigning (and a lot of markets work on tuna over many years that laid the foundation) we won our campaign against the world's biggest tuna company, thai union. In response to our campaign, thai union have agreed a major package of reform across their global supply chains that will have far-reaching and beneficial impacts for the oceans and the people working in their supply chains. Over the next 2 1/2 years, this package of work will be delivered by 5 new full time positions in the company at a cost of $2-3 million. At our request their plan and progress will be audited at their expense by a mutually agreed independent third party in just 18 month's time (end of 2018) so that greenpeace and other observers, including leading international media who have followed the story of thailand's broken fisheries and fishing companies, can form their own conclusions about thai union's progress. 2. We launched a new campaign against ocean plastics and ran two plastic focused projects on the tour. During our time at sea and near port, we collected plastic pollution from the water to send to the 5 gyres project, where the location the plastic was found will be mapped and its origins traced back to both the country it was sold in and the corporation that manufactured it. This crucial information supports our plastics campaign and the wider movement with more information. The second project was used to replace and add acoustic monitoring instruments off the coast that will allow the scripps team to compare marine mammal noise and activity before and during seismic blasting in the area to show the dangerous effects of seismic blasting.

forests campaign: 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. Greenpeace u. S. Is securing zero deforestation commitments from influential u. S. - based companies to rid their supply chains of destructively harvested tropical forest and agricultural products, and to support political solutions that will provide long-term tropical forests protection. 2017 greenpeace, inc. Forest campaign highlights include:1. In connection with the resolute forest products lawsuit against us and our campaign to protect the boreal forest, greenpeace us ran a four week intensive moment to raise awareness of the lawsuit that would silence our work in the boreal forest and therefore cause the forest and environment damage. Throughout the four weeks, we utilized several tactics including releasing a report titled "clearcutting free speech, how resolute forest products is going to extremes to silence critics of its controversial logging practices", a "our voices are vital" voice recording tactic reaching our goal of over 10k recordings and releasing kickstarter-type content for our supporters. We brought together some of the biggest names in books and launched our author's pledge that asked authors to stand with greenpeace in defense of free speech, the right of individuals to organize and protest without intimidation, and to support those who peacefully protect the world's forests. Margaret atwood, jm coetzee, stephen fry, rebecca solnit were among the 230 authors publicly expressed their support for greenpeace in our campaign to protect free speech and forests. We hand delivered to publishers like penguin random house, harper collins and simon & schuster more than 500,000 petition signatures, in a bound handmade book, that also featured dozens of photos of people in front of significant trees in their communities all over the world. 2. The roundtable on sustainable palm oil (rspo) has issued a stop work order to palm oil producer noble group as a result of a suite of evidence provided by greenpeace and eia, which triggered an investigation by hsbc. This action by the rspo will help to protect 18,000 hectares of primary forest in papua in the path of noble's bulldozers. 3. A year and half ago, greenpeace confronted ioi group, one of the world's largest palm oil traders, for the serious violations they committed with their operations in indonesia and malaysia. We worked to expose the real story behind the palm oil that was entering their supply chain, linking it to deforestation and social conflicts. As a result of our work ioi has made a commitment to address deforestation and exploitation in its supply chain through an action plan and agreement to independent third-party verification of its progress in one year's time.

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

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


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!



Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar



Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 2

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.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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?



Rating: 4

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.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

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.