Greenpeace is an environment focused non-governmental organization with a presence in more than 40 countries and headquarters in Amsterdam. Greenpeace's goal is to "ensure the ability of the Earth to nurture life in all its diversity."
The specific concerns of Greenpeace include global warming, deforestation, overfishing, commercial whaling and anti-nuclear issues. Greenpeace uses what it calls "direct action," among other methods, to fight what its leaders consider depredations to the Earth.
Greenpeace began within the anti-war movements of the early 1970s and evolved from the Don't Make a Wave Committee, which eventually took the name Greenpeace.
Greenpeace expanded and began to fight numerous different battles. Its controversial confrontations of tankers at sea and other confrontational actions heightened its profile. It exists, its leaders say, because a "fragile Earth" needs an advocate, a voice, solutions and action.
The group seeks to defend the oceans and the forests while working for nuclear disarmament and world peace. The group seeks a "toxic free" future that offers alternatives to hazardous chemicals. It advocates sustainable agriculture, environmentally responsible farming and a rejection of genetic engineering when it comes to agricultural products.
According to the group's website, Greenpeace exists to, "expose environmental criminals, and to challenge government and corporations when they fail to live up to their mandate to safeguard our environment and our future."
Greenpeace, the website proclaims, speaks for millions of supporters worldwide and encourages many millions more than that to take action every day. "We take the name of our flagship, the Rainbow Warrior, from a North American Cree Indian legend. It described a time when humanity's greed has made the Earth sick. At that time, a tribe of people known as the Warriors of the Rainbow would rise up to defend her."
All this may sound good – or at least politically correct – but it is difficult to see what difference Greenpeace has made. Greenpeace is more likely than not controlled opposition, a manifestation of what the Anglosphere power elite wants to see in opposition to its plans for global governance. It is ineffective, polarizing and even juvenile in its tactics and rhetoric. No real change will come of it. Nor is it meant to.