Monday, November 16, 2009

Climate Summit 2009 : GET INVOLVED!

As human, Earth is the only planet we can call "ours". It's our own sanctuary. It's the only place we are capable of living. And this planet is slowly deteriorating. We see all these catastrophic images (photos & videos) of what our planet has become. It's never too late to do something. Sure we are just individuals, and saving the planet needs power and cooperation. I've subscribed myself on Green Peace's new letter and I got this message from the organization, asking us to send our ideas so that we can be represented on UN Climate Summit that will take event at the end of 2009 in Copenhagen. Please read below for the details of the letter.


Thank you for signing up, you are now a climate activist! You have joined countless others all over the world who are demanding solutions for our planet. Together our voices and actions will be powerful.
The next step: our world leaders have to make the planet a priority.
At the end of 2009 the UN Climate Summit will take place in Copenhagen. This meeting is an opportunity for our global leadership to support the solutions, the change, the action that is so desperately needed to avoid the most catastrophic consequences of climate change. What else is more important than the future of the planet we all share?
We can't all be at the UN Climate Summit in person, but we should all be represented. You can send yourself to the Climate Summit via an Action Pact.

We're trying to get as many people as we can to send a virtual package to the Summit. The virtual package will include our demands and a climate slogan chosen by you - we will also use the best climate slogan during the Summit itself.
Have you already sent your package? Thank you! Ready to do more?
Here's to a future that is green and peaceful.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Greenpeace Annual Reports


Greenpeace International
Annual Report 07
Greenpeace International
Annual Report 07
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Upon winning the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, Al Gore said that he could not understand why young people were not chaining themselves to coal-fired power stations.
They are...and so are we.
Taking action remains at the heart of Greenpeace. Our non-violent actions happen in all parts of the world, and the number of our activists continues to grow. We maintain our independence, accepting no money from corporations or governments. But, we want to do more than act forothers; we want to take action withothers. Today, it's as important to Greenpeace that we help others take meaningful action as it is that we take actions ourselves.
Our solutions set out a vision for a green and peaceful future. They are designed to benefit both the planet and its people. Big problems need big solutions and collective action: Greenpeace is ready for both.
Read the full report

Errata, January 2009
Two errors were included in the 2007 Annual Report upon its original publication on this website. All downloads of this document from 22 January 2009 onwards contain the following corrected pages:
Page 25: Updated figures for the section 'Liabilities'
Page 26: Correction to transposed numerals on balance sheet figure for year 2006.
Please note that none of these corrections affect the stated Balance Sheet Total Assets figures published for 2007 and 2006; these figures remain correct.
If you have already downloaded the Annual Report 2007 and wish to replace only these two pages, a standalone document may be downloaded here.
Inconvenient truths and unlikely allies combined in 2006 to make it a notable year for Greenpeace and the environment.
Greenpeace has campaigned for climate protection for two decades, and is uniquely placed to provide leadership in the tough years to come: to promote radical solutions and oppose false promises. Our financial independence - we take no money from governments or corporations - and adherence to the principles of peaceful nonviolent direct action give enormous support to the solutions we propose. Our long involvement in the climate debate means we can hold the politicians to their promises and ensure that the new 'greening of business', or Corporate Social Responsibility, is not a soft sell, devoid of hard action, but something that will combine to hold global warming to a manageable level.
A note on report names: In previous years (listed below) we have labelled our Annual Reports with the year of issue. In 2006 (above), we brought our annual report naming convention into line with common practice and its title (06) refers to the year covered by the report.
2005 was a milestone for the planet -the year that the Kyoto Protocol finally became law. It took a long time to get here – over ten years – and it’s only the beginning of the battle, but Kyoto is about more than reducing greenhouse gas emissions. One of its most exciting results is to prove that people from the diverse communities of the world are learning to work together to solve global environmental problems.
People power is the future for environmental campaigning, and this year we have had some exciting victories by using the internet to bring together people from around the world to put pressure on companies and politicians -demanding change through ´cyberactivism’. Earlier in the year, Sony Ericsson became the latest global electronics giant to announce that it will phase out toxic chemicals from its products following our online action in which thousands of ordinary people took part to pressure electronics companies to come clean...
Greenpeace's combined annual summary of income and supporter accounts for 2004 shows a slight decrease in supporter figures and a stable income.
Offices in Latin America and Asia continue to show an increase in membership with a combined increase of 80 percent in both regions, a similar figure to the previous year.
Worldwide, the organisation showed a decrease of just under 1 percent in its income and 4.9 percent in the number of supporters.   However, in 2004 many offices streamlined their reporting systems for both supporters and income, which is also affected by currency exchange rates.
“The importance of Greenpeace and organisations like ours continues to be proven in areas of fastest economic growth such as China and India,” said Gerd Leipold, Executive Director of Greenpeace International.  “But the developed world must not rest on its laurels.  Governments and industry must not be driven by profits and politics but by a genuine interest in the future of our planet.”
Income in 21 of the 27 national and regional offices dotted around the world increased. Only offices in Brazil, Central Eastern Europe, Luxembourg, Netherlands, and Switzerland showed a decline.
Environmental crimes happen daily with no government, court, police or authority to turn to. We cannot rely on governments, alone, to act and make change. We can rely on people. The world's second superpower can guide change, indeed provoke it. And where people gather for change, you will find Greenpeace.
Video of our work in the past year (QuicktimeReal mediaWindows media). Download the 2004 Annual Report (pdf file).
There are huge numbers of people on every continent who are committed to the common good, and who are no longer willing to accept the agendas of timid or inept governments or unscrupulous corporations.This global social movement has been described as the "emerging second superpower" and is made up of millions of people dedicated to environmental protection, human rights and social development.
The continued growth of Greenpeace - as laid out in this annual report - shows that even in economically difficult times people have a vision of a different world. This is our best hope for a better future.
Vision, Movement, Spirit: Playing cat and mouse with whalers in the Southern Ocean, facing death threats from illegal loggers in the Amazon, crossing Greenland by dog sled. It's all in a day's work for Greenpeace, and these are just some of the stories from the 2002 annual report - plus, of course, the financial facts and figures and reports from each campaign area.
Witnesses of environmental crimes speak out. A grandmother describes being jailed for taking a peaceful stand against destruction of the Great Bear Rainforest on Canada's West Coast. Such resistance ultimately led to an agreement to preserve this forest. An African American man, whose family was devastated by chemical pollution, speaks out to delegates, who later brokered the Stockholm Treaty to limit chemical pollution. A Greenpeace campaigner tells how confrontations with pirate fishers deep in the Atlantic Ocean helped clinch the protection of endangered tuna species.
For more stories, check out the 2001 Annual report.
Special reports from the Greenpeace science and political units reflect on the year's campaign activities. Greenpeace activists are in the firing line as Norway and Japan continue whaling. Our scientists reveal that Bhopal in India, the site of one of the world's worst toxic chemical disasters in 1984, is still highly contaminated. Greenpeace establishes a base in Manaus, Brazil, to help protect the Amazon.
1998 was the UN's International Year of the Oceans. Greenpeace has long campaigned to protect the oceans, and our efforts are rewarded with a historic agreement that bans the dumping of offshore installations like the Brent Spar and a phase-out of radioactive and toxic waste discharges into the north-east Atlantic. Following 15 years of Greenpeace campaigning, the EU decides to phase out driftnets. Also in 1998, logging giant MacMillan Bloedel announces it will phase out its clearcut operations in Canada's pristine rainforests. Greenpeace flies a balloon over the Taj Mahal to protest nuclear weapons testing by India and Pakistan.
This is Greenpeace's first year in China. Highlights from the report include the Kyoto climate agreement, an expedition documenting the break-up of Antarctic ice shelves and actions to prevent logging in Canada's ancient rainforests. Scientific investigations reveal that children are exposed to harmful chemicals from soft PVC (polyvinyl chloride) toys, and that La Hague nuclear reprocessing plant is emitting high levels of radiation into the sea.
The US, Russia, France, China and the UK sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). Greenpeace underlines its global commitment, turning east and opening an office in Hong Kong as a first step towards establishing Greenpeace in China. Genetically modified organisms and solar power also feature in the report.
Read about French nuclear testing and Shell's plans to dump the Brent Spar oil platform in the North Sea. You can also find out more about how chlorine chemistry threatens our health and future, together with setbacks in the fight to protect the ozone layer.
Two major Greenpeace campaign victories. In May 1994, the International Whaling Commission establishes an Antarctic whale sanctuary (Environmental Agenda section). After 10 years of Greenpeace campaigning on toxic trade, 65 nations sign up to the Basel Convention banning the export of all hazardous wastes from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to non-OECD countries.

Monday, November 9, 2009

What Green Peace is About

I was browsing over the internet when I found myself on a website. The tittle sounded familiar. I knew I heard about it a lot. I read some of its contents and I found myself with bright glistening eyes, adoring the site I visited and the purpose of its existence. I want to share to you about this wonderful thing.

The contents below is  from

Greenpeace exists because this fragile earth deserves a voice. It needs solutions. It needs change. It needs action.

Greenpeace is an independent global campaigning organisation that acts to change attitudes and behaviour, to protect and conserve the environment and to promote peace by:

 Catalysing an energy revolution to address the number one threat facing our planet: climate change.

 Defending our oceans by challenging wasteful and destructive fishing, and creating a global network of marine reserves.

 Protecting the world’s ancient forests and the animals, plants and people that depend on them.

 Working for disarmament and peace by tackling the causes of conflict and calling for the elimination of all nuclear weapons.

 Creating a toxic free future with safer alternatives to hazardous chemicals in today's products and manufacturing.

 Campaigning for sustainable agriculture by rejecting genetically engineered organisms, protecting biodiversity and encouraging socially responsible farming.

Greenpeace is present in 40 countries across Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa and the Pacific. 

To maintain its independence, Greenpeace does not accept donations from governments or corporations but relies on contributions from individual supporters and foundation grants.

Greenpeace has been campaigning against environmental degradation since 1971 when a small boat of volunteers and journalists sailed into Amchitka, an area north of Alaska where the US Government was conducting underground nuclear tests. This tradition of 'bearing witness' in a non-violent manner continues today, and our ships are an important part of all our campaign work.

We exist 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.

In pursuing our mission, we have no permanent allies or enemies. We promote open, informed debate about society's environmental choices. We use research, lobbying, and quiet diplomacy to pursue our goals, as well as high-profile, non-violent conflict to raise the level and quality of public debate.

And we believe that the struggle to preserve the future of our planet is not about us. It's about you. Greenpeace speaks for 2.8 million 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.

As one of the longest banners we've ever made summed things up, "When the last tree is cut, the last river poisoned, and the last fish dead, we will discover that we can't eat money..."