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Protecting the planet and the many different issues going on involving the environment is very important if we want our children to thrive on Earth. Greenpeace is working hard to do exactly that and we at ContactsforLess.ca support their work.

From Greenpeace’s Website

Greenpeace exists because this fragile earth deserves a voice. It needs solutions. It needs change. It needs action. Greenpeace is an independent global campaigning organization that acts to change attitudes and behaviour, to protect and conserve the environment and to promote peace.

Greenpeace was formed in Vancouver, B.C. in 1971, when a group of anti-war protesters took non-violent, direct action against U.S. nuclear weapons testing on Amchitka, a volcanic island in the Aleutian Islands, west of Alaska. They chartered a fishing vessel, renamed her Greenpeace and sailed off to the prohibited zone. Today Greenpeace is one of the most well-known and visible “direct action” environmental organizations.

 

Greenpeace has a presence in over 40 countries. Click here for the Greenpeace International website, where you can link to other Greenpeace office websites throughout the world. Greenpeace Canada has offices in Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal.

In Canada, we are working to:

  • • Stop climate change
  • • Stop the tar sands
  • • End the nuclear threat
  • • Save the Boreal Forest
  • • Save the Great Bear Rainforest
  • • Save Redlist fish
  • • Eliminate the threat of GMO food

Many of these campaigns, and additional ones, are happening on a global scale. Throughout the world, we’re working to:

  • • Stop climate change
  • • Defend our seas
  • • Protect ancient forests
  • • Demand peace and disarmament
  • • Say no to genetic engineering
  • • Eliminate toxic chemicals
  • • End the nuclear threat
  • • Encourage sustainable trade

Successes

Below are just some of the positive environmental changes that Greenpeace has directly helped bring about since we began campaigning in 1971.

Canada

2012s

Tar Sands:

In October over 5000 Canadians gathered outside of the Victoria parliament buildings to protest the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline.
http://www.greenpeace.org/canada/en/Blog/defend-our-coast-no-kinder-morgan-no-enbridge/blog/42744/

Arctic:

Our Save the Arctic campaign launched in June 2012 with a group of activists, including Lucy Lawless, climbing aboard a Shell Arctic rig, halting its journey from New Zealand to the Arctic.

Later on in the year Shell announced that they were scrapping their Arctic drilling plans for 2013. Two other large Arctic players, Total and Statoil followed suit shortly after.
http://www.greenpeace.org/canada/en/Blog/success-shell-stops-arctic-oil-drilling-for-t/blog/42147/

Nuclear:

The Quebec government shut down Gentilly-2, the last remaining reactor in the province, a major step toward a future of green energy. More
http://www.greenpeace.org/canada/en/Blog/quebecs-nuclear-exit-lessons-for-ontario/blog/42358/

Oceans:

Overwaitea Food Group, one of the largest chains in Canada announced that it would stop selling farmed salmon.

Forest:

Kimberly-Clark, the world’s largest tissue product manufacturer and once target of Greenpeace campaigns, committed to reduce its impact on natural forests by 50% by switching to alternative fibres such as bamboo and will use less pulp from natural forests such as the Canadian Boreal Forest.
http://www.greenpeace.org/canada/en/Blog/bamboo-for-your-bum-wheat-for-wipes-and-kenaf/blog/40991/

Toxics:

The world’s largest fashion retailer Zara – and parent company Inditex – today committed to eliminate all releases of hazardous chemicals throughout its entire supply chain and products by 2020, following public pressure in response to Greenpeace’s Detox campaign. Zara becomes the eighth brand to commit to eliminate releases of all hazardous chemicals throughout its supply chains and products since Greenpeace launched its Detox campaign in 2011.http://www.greenpeace.org/canada/en/recent/Zara-commits-to-go-toxic-free/

For more information please visit Greenpeace at http://www.greenpeace.org/canada/

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