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The greenhouse effect nuclear contamination toxic chemicals oil spills air pollution water pollution these are all issues that affect every single living being on this planet we call home The environment and issues pertaining to the environment apply directly to the entire world Greenpeace an international environmental organization that is dedicated to preserving the earths natural resources addresses these numerous environmental issues through peaceful campaigning and demonstrations Members of the Dont Make a Wave Committee founded Greenpeace in Vancouver British Columbia Canada in 1971 The Dont Make a Wave Committee was a small group opposed to nuclear weapons testing by the United States military in Alaska Later the committee changed its name to Greenpeace to echo its greater goal of creating a green and peaceful world Greenpeace has more than forty offices in 30 countries with its headquarters in Amsterdam Netherlands It is a growing organization that has dedicated a lot of time and manpower to making this world a better and safer place for its inhabitants Through peacefully lobbying and demonstration Greenpeace has affected change for the better and hopefully will continue to do so in the future The main issues that Greenpeace concerns itself with include climate changes toxic chemicals and nuclear disarmament and contamination Greenpeace has acknowledged that one of the greatest threats to the planet is global climate change Scientists and governments alike have all established that the problem is serious and real In 1997 industrialized countries agreed at the climate summit in Kyoto to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases they pump into the atmosphere However little real action is being taken to address the problem The efforts of Greenpeace on this issue include campaigning for governments to face up to their responsibilities and address the problem Greenpeace believes that governments should be leading the way to a new energy direction based on renewable energy like wind or solar power At present many
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