Greenpeace proves every day that ordinary people can accomplish extraordinary things.
It was a group of thoughtful, committed citizens that came together in 1971 to create Greenpeace. A handful of determined activists leased a small fishing vessel, called the Phyllis Cormack, and set sail from Vancouver for Amchitka Island in Alaska. Their mission was to protest U.S. nuclear testing off the coast of Alaska with a brave act of defiance: to place themselves in harm’s way. Despite being intercepted by the U.S. Coast Guard, these daring activists sailed into history by bringing worldwide attention to the dangers of nuclear testing.
That was more than 30 years ago, and in that time, Greenpeace has indeed changed the world, and we continue to make the world a better place. Our committed activists and supporters have come together to ban commercial whaling, convince the world’s leaders to stop nuclear testing, protect Antarctica, and so much more. Today, we have grown from a small group of dedicated activists to an international organization with offices in more than 30 countries. But our spirit and our mission remain the same. Our fight to save the planet has grown more serious – the threat of global warming, destruction of ancient forests, deterioration of our oceans, and the threat of a nuclear disaster loom large. Greenpeace is actively working to address these and other threats.
The Greenpeace Organizing Term is a semester of ACTION, TRAINING, & TRAVEL Students will live in the San Fransico or Washington D.C. area for the semester.
Get the skills to protect the planet… apply now at http://www.greenpeace.org/got
The Greenpeace Organizing Term is an action-filled semester and the best hands-on training for students to become environmental leaders. You’ll be making an investment in your leadership skills and training in grassroots organizing, media, direct action, and campaign strategy. You’ll travel abroad with Greenpeace and join a team of incredible activists working to protect the planet.
Many students are also able to receive class credit for the semester.
“I now understand what it means to be an organizer. I can now use all the amazing things I’ve learned to actually make a difference.” - Charis, University of North Carolina-Asheville, GOT Fall ‘04
We give you hands-on experience with a real Greenpeace campaign. We have the best trainers come here to our DC headquarters or our new San Francisco office to provide all the skills you’ll need to hit the ground and work with a real Greenpeace campaign to implement what you’ve learned. You’ll put your organizing skills into action, play a critical role in organizing on-the-ground Greenpeace events, and make a real impact fighting to protect America’s last remaining forests, promoting clean energy and saving our world’s oceans. You’ll learn how to climb, drive Greenpeace boats, use advanced communication equipment and practice peaceful direct action.
We travel abroad for a week to meet with international Greenpeace activists. During past trips, students have traveled to Greenpeace headquarters in Amsterdam, to Paris to take part in a 500-person peace symbol, and to Germany where they joined a 6,000-person march in to protest of nuclear waste shipments. We give people a few days to just relax and explore Europe as well.
We provide more than 50 cutting-edge training sessions in grassroots organizing, campaign skills, media strategy, and direct action. America’s top environmental leaders will train you in everything from recruiting volunteers and developing leaders to creating a campaign plan.
If you are passionate, bold, smart, visionary, strategic, savvy and ready to stand up for the environment, join us! We are currently accepting applications for the Spring 2007 semester in Washington DC and San Francisco. To learn more and to apply, visit http://www.greenpeace.org/got
To contact program staff with questions, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Samantha Corbin 202-319-2468.
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Greenpeace's cornerstone principles and core values are reflected in all our environmental campaign work, worldwide. These are:
* We 'bear witness' to environmental destruction in a peaceful, non-violent manner;
* We use non-violent confrontation to raise the level and quality of public debate;
* In exposing threats to the environment and finding solutions we have no permanent allies or adversaries;
* We ensure our financial independence from political or commercial interests;
* We seek solutions for, and promote open, informed debate about society's environmental choices.
In developing our campaign strategies and policies we take great care to reflect our fundamental respect for democratic principles and to seek solutions that will promote global social equity.
What Gives Me Hope
Below are just some of the positive environmental changes that Greenpeace has directly helped to bring about this past year. We began campaigning in 1971 and you can check the website, www.greenpeace.org/got, for more.
July 25, 2006: Thanks to enormous pressure from the 30,000 emails and letters sent to their European headquarters, McDonald's has agreed to stop selling chicken fed on soya grown in newly deforested areas of the Amazon rainforest. By committing to the stop buying soya from Amazon destruction, the companies' massive buying power has created a huge demand for soya that hasn't been grown in the ashes of the rainforest.
June 26, 2006: Dell becomes the latest company to promise to remove the worst toxic chemicals from it products, closely following the move of its rival HP. Both companies have been pressured by us to make their products greener and help tackle the growing mountain of toxic e-waste.
May 31, 2006: Despite heavy lobbying by the nuclear power industry, Spain has confirmed that the country's 8 operating plants will be phased out in favour of clean, renewable energy. Spain joins Sweden, Germany, Italy and Belgium as the fifth European country to abandon nuclear power.
April 3, 2006: After months of pressure, consumer actions, online activism and more than 100,000 emails from Ocean Defenders everywhere, seafood suppliers Gorton's, Sealord and parent company Nissui withdraw their active support for Japanese whaling. Whalers announce that the 32 percent share in whaling operations owned by these commercial corporations will be transferred to a "public interest entity." The retreat isolates whaling economically and probably scuppers plans to find new markets for whale products.
March 9, 2006: Electronics giant Hewlett Packard commits to a phase out plan for a range of hazardous chemicals in its products.
February 16, 2006: French President Chirac announced the dramatic recall of the asbestos-laden warship Clemenceau -- it will be turning around and going back to France. Our actions, emails to Chirac and an embarrassing international scandal left France with little choice but to abandon the misguided attempt to dump its own toxic mess on India.
February 14, 2006: An area twice the size of Belgium has been given greater protection in the Amazon after a Presidential decree. The decree by President Lula of Brazil to create the 6.4 million hectare (around 16 million acres) conservation area is a great victory for the people of the Amazon battling landgrabbers, cattle ranchers and loggers. The decree calls for around 1.6 million hectares to be permanently protected and totally off limits to logging and deforestation.
February 7, 2006: Take ten years of difficult, dangerous, and at times, heartbreaking work. Add thousands of activists from around the world -- some who sent emails, some who stood on the blockades, some who voted against destruction with their wallets. Some who were beaten, some who were sued, some who were arrested. But eventually common sense has prevailed and one of the world's treasures, the Great Bear Rainforest, is saved from destruction.
January 13, 2006: Our Argentine Ocean Defenders hit Nissui in their pockets. Nissui own about one third of Kyodo Senpaku -- the people who run the Japanese whaling fleet. Our cyberactivists convinced a major Nissui client in Argentina not to buy from a corporation involved in the killing of whales.
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Stop climate change
Greenpeace is asking you to take part in an energy revolution. To go from a world powered by nuclear and fossil fuels to one running on renewable energy. Human caused climate change is a reality. Fortunately, there are proven energy solutions we can put to use today to provide sustainable development and energy for all. Will this energy transformation occur rapidly enough to avert the worst effects of a warming world? You will help decide the answer to that question.
Save our seas
The 'Defending our Oceans' voyage is the single largest expedition that Greenpeace has ever undertaken. This incredible year-long journey will tell the story of the crisis facing our oceans from the Azores to Antarctica, take you to places few humans have been, confront the villains and promote solutions – and you can join us.
Nomadic Penan leader Along Sega and his grandchild examine a tree stump near their village in the Sungai Nyakit area of the Sarawak rainforest in Malaysia. He is 60, a father of nine and grandfather of 30.
Protect ancient forests
Throughout the world, ancient forests are in crisis. Many of the plants and animals that live in these forests face extinction. And many of the people and cultures who depend on these forests for their way of life are also under threat. But the news is not all bad. There is a last chance to protect these forests and the life they support.
On eve of 60th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Greenpeace volunteers fly peace doves, bearing messages of peace collected from citizens around the globe, beside the A-Bomb Dome Memorial in Hiroshima.
Demand Peace and Disarmament
Make no mistake; nuclear weapons are a problem today. There are approximately 30,000 nuclear weapons in the world, belonging to nine countries: US, Russian Federation, UK, France, China, Israel, India, Pakistan and North Korea. More than one thousand five hundred of them ready to launch at a moment's notice, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Say no to genetic engineering
While scientific progress on molecular biology has a great potential to increase our understanding of nature and provide new medical tools, it should not be used as justification to turn the environment into a giant genetic experiment by commercial interests. The biodiversity and environmental integrity of the world's food supply is too important to our survival to be put at risk.
Part of a unique collection of non-toxic clothes designed exclusively by some of Spain's top fashion designers for the 'Moda sin Toxicos' catwalk show. The show is a well-dressed wake-up call to the grey-suited politicians in Brussels, who later this year will decide on legislation on hazardous chemicals.
Eliminate toxic chemicals
Toxic chemicals in our environment threaten our rivers and lakes, our air, land, and oceans, and ultimately ourselves and our future.
Nastya, from Belarus was only three years old when she was diagnosed with cancer of the uterus and lungs. According to local doctors the region has seen a huge increase in childhood cancer cases since the Chernobyl disaster.
End the nuclear age
Greenpeace has always fought - and will continue to fight - vigorously against nuclear power because it is an unacceptable risk to the environment and to humanity. The only solution is to halt the expansion of all nuclear power, and for the shutdown of existing plants.
Greenpeace volunteers dressed as Uncle Sam dump GE maize on other volunteers representing consumers in straitjackets, suffocating their demand for the right to say no GE food.
Encourage sustainable trade
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) promotes free trade for the gain of private interests, over and above our health and the environment. It is fatally flawed and is moving the world in the wrong direction - away from peace, security and sustainability. By stalling on issues that are crucial to poorer countries, the WTO faces a crisis of legitimacy.