We defend the natural world and promote peace by investigating, exposing and confronting environmental abuse, and championing environmentally responsible solutions
Stop climate change
Climate change isn’t inevitable. We have the knowledge, skills and technologies to get ourselves out of this difficult situation. All over the world people have woken up to the threat, and are working to reduce the use of fossil fuels, stop rainforest destruction and get power from clean energy. Still much more needs to be done.
Our beautiful oceans are home to a staggering 80% of life on Earth. But destructive fishing, pollution and climate change are damaging them on a scale unimaginable to most people. Species are being driven towards extinction because of overfishing and habitat destruction. We are campaigning for marine reserves, and for an end to unsustainable fishing.
The Earth’s ancient forests form some of the most diverse ecosystems known to science and are vital in regulating the world’s climate. But eighty per cent of them have already been destroyed or degraded, and the remaining forests are under threat. Greenpeace is working to end illegal and destructive logging of the world’s ancient forests, and to protect the rights of the indigenous peoples and species that depend on them.
Work for peace and disarmament
40 years ago the international community got together and agreed to work towards eliminating nuclear weapons. But these terrifying weapons of mass destruction are still with us. Greenpeace believes that it’s time for the nine nuclear countries – including Britain – to start serious negotiations to reduce and eventually eliminate their nuclear arsenals, and focus instead on the real challenge facing the world – building a safer, greener future for us all.
Eliminating toxic chemicals
Toxics threaten our water, air, land, oceans – and our future. Synthetic chemicals put the global health of humanity and the environment at risk, as the world’s industries fail to research the potential impacts on our planet.
Save the Arctic
The fragile Arctic is under threat from both climate change and oil drilling. As climate change melts the Arctic ice, oil companies are moving in to extract more of the fossil fuels that caused the melt in the first place. But above the Arctic circle, freezing temperatures, a narrow drilling window and a remote location mean that an oil spill would be almost impossible to deal with. It’s a catastrophe waiting to happen. Greenpeace is working to halt climate change and to stop this new oil rush at the top of the world.
Fracking is the process of blasting water, sand and a cocktail of chemicals deep underground in order to get out the gas or oil.
Yes, you read right, it’s not just gas, it’s also oil they’re hunting for. And here are four main reasons why this is a really bad plan.