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In 1971, motivated by their vision of a green and peaceful future, a small team of activists set sail from Canada in an old fishing boat. These activists, the founders of Greenpeace,believed a few individuals could make a difference.
Their mission was to "bear witness" to U.S. underground nuclear testing at Amchitka, a island off the West Coast of Alaska, which is one of the world'smost earthquake-prone regions.
Even though their old boat was intercepted before it got the island, the journey sparked a flood of public interest.
The U.S. still detonated the bomb, but the voice ofreason had been heard. Nuclear testing on that island ended that same year, and the island was later declared a bird sanctuary.
Today, Greenpeace is an international organization that prioritizesglobal environmental campaigns.
What we do: Our mission statement
Greenpeace is the leading independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful direct action and creative communication to exposeglobal environmental problems and to promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future.
They 'bear witness' to environmental destruction in a peaceful, non-violent manner. They usenon-violent confrontation to raise the level and quality of public debate. In exposing threats to the environment and finding solutions they have no permanent allies or adversaries. They, also, ensuretheir financial independence from political or commercial interests. They search for solutions to environmental dilemmas and promote open, informed debate about society's environmental choices.
TakeAction for Change
Greenpeace remains unique and effective because of their willingness to bear witness to environmental injustices and to take peaceful direct action to expose global environmentalproblems and bring about solutions that ensure a green and peaceful future. A person who bears witness to an injustice takes responsibility for that awareness. That person may then choose to do...
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