Greenpeace (originally the Greenpeace Foundation) is a group of environmentalists who tackle important environmental issues such as whaling, bottom trawling, nuclear testing, nuclear power and global warming. Greenpeace has a presence across the globe with 28 national and regional offices around the world. This post will tell you who founded Greenpeace and also look at some facts about Greenpeace.
Who founded Greenpeace
Greenpeace was first founded to oppose the United States testing nuclear devices in Alaska. It was founded in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 1971. Greenpeace was founded by many of the co-founders of the Don’t Make a Wave Committee. The founders of Greenpeace include Dorothy Stowe, Irving Stowe, Marie Bohlen, Jim Bohlen, Ben Metcalfe, Dorothy Metcalfe, Patrick Moore, Bob Hunter and Bill Darnell. Darnell was the one to suggest the name Greenpeace (although the original suggestion was to have the name in two words- Green Peace). Many of the founders were members of the Society of Friends (also known as Quakers). While they failed in their first mission to stop the nuclear test, Greenpeace was born and they have fought many environmental battles since. Now you know who founded Greenpeace. Let’s look at some facts about Greenpeace.
Facts about Greenpeace
- Greenpeace has been criticized for using extreme methods to prevent whaling. Some have argued that their methods border on eco-terrorism
- One part of the Mission Statement of Greenpeace states that Greenpeace will work ‘for disarmament and peace by reducing dependence on finite resources and calling for the elimination of all nuclear weapons’
- Stopping climate change (global warming) is the top priority for Greenpeace
- Some of the ships owned by Greenpeace are called the Rainbow Warrior, MY Arctic Sunrise and MV Greenpeace
- Patrick Moore, a co-founder of Greenpeace, left the organization in 1986 when the group decided to support a universal ban on chlorine. Moore called chlorine essential for human health and a big advance in public health history.