Greenpeace is an international organization that is committed to ensuring that all life is nurtured on Earth. It campaigns to raise awareness of environmental issues all over the world and is one of the best known environmental charities in existence. The organization is almost fifty years old but is still going strong.
It was founded in Canada in the late 1960s by a group who were demonstrating about the testing of nuclear weapons near a fault line that was considered unstable. They continued with these demonstrations and also started to protest against other issues that affected the environment. Soon branches were appearing in different countries all over the world and these branches all came together in 1979 to form Greenpeace International.
Greenpeace is a completely independent organization and receives no funding from any government. It also does not allow any government to have any say in what its policies are. It does not accept funding from political parties or any businesses. This helps it to remain independent. All of the funding that it does receive comes from private individuals. People are able to make donations on a regular basis by direct debit if they wish to become a long-term supporter of the organization. They can also donate through the website and over the phone if they do not want to commit to a long-term arrangement.
If people do not want to donate money then they can always donate their time. This can be by actively getting involved in one of their campaigns or by carrying out a fundraising activity. People are able to give as much time as they can spare and there will be no pressure from the organization to get more involved.
The money that Greenpeace does receive from donations is used in a number of ways. There are always several campaigns that are on the go at the same time and some of these have been running for many years. One of the biggest campaigns that the charity runs is to stop climate change from happening altogether. They believe that we already have the skills and technology to generate power without the use of fossil fuels. Although there is still a long way to go they do see a day where all energy comes from renewable sources.
As part of their work to defend the oceans they have called for the soft drink industry to stop producing as many disposable plastic bottles. This is something that is in the headlines recently as many countries all over the world are trying to reduce their consumption of single-use plastics.
Greenpeace has not been without its critics over the years and there have been allegations of illegal practices. Activists have faced punishment for destroying a test crop of genetically modified wheat and the organization was also criticized for damaging the Nazca Lines in Peru. Despite these controversies, it still remains a very well supported charity. It is also the first charity that comes to mind for many people when they are thinking about charities that work to protect the environment.