About this site

Last edited 19 September 2012 at 11:00am

Welcome to the Greenpeace website. Here you can find out how to find your way around, register on the site, comment and share. If you have any questions or problems with the
website, please get in touch. All writing published on the website is released under a Creative Commons license except in cases where we've indicated otherwise (this mainly affects reports where others may have done the research for us).

Finding your way around

To get involved with Greenpeace - locally, in our office or online - see the What you can do pages , where you'll be able take action online, join a local group, browse local group blogs and events, support us by donating or fundraising, sign up to keep in touch, give virtual gifts that support our campaigns, check our job vacancies and internships and much more. 

You can find out more about Greenpeace, our vision, how we make change happen, our impacts, our history and our successes in the about section.

If you're looking for information on climate change, forests, oceans, peace, nuclear power, toxics or agriculture, try ourcampaigns pages. If we don't campaign on the issue you're interested in (eg animal welfare), we've put together a list of other organisations that might.

For the latest news on all of our campaigns, head over to the blog. As with most blogs, the entries are published in reverse chronological order, with the newest first. You can comment on what you read - actually, we're relying on you to! While we don't reply to every comment, we do read them all and take note. To comment, you can register and create your own public profile or you can make comments anonymously, however we do have a few house rules.

Keeping informed

There are plenty of ways to keep in touch with Greenpeace. You can sign up to our newsletter, join us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, join a local group and more. Visit the get active section for full details. We also have dozens of RSS feeds allowing you to keep up-to-date with Greenpeace news without having to visit the website (RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication and, once you've got the hang of it, it really is simple).

Registering with the site - why?

If you'd like to sign up to keep in touch, join a local group, blog or post photos for your group, keep track of your actions, have your own personal page and much more, you will need to register with the site first. It's quick and easy - you can register here.

Use the web for good!

All over the website, you'll see ways that you can help to win campaigns - from writing letters and sharing news with your friends to designing logos and creating videos for us. Please take action where you can; the web is an essential campaigning tool and we rely on you to help us win campaigns (see the Nestle and Green My Apple campaigns for examples of how powerful it can be). 

Sharing is particularly important; social networks allow us to get our campaigns out to a much wider audience than we would otherwise reach. Beneath every post, you'll see a share tool that allows you to quickly share it by email, Facebook, Twitter and a host of other networks - please use liberally!

If you have your own website, blog or web page, don't forget that the writing (not photos) on our website is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.5 License meaning you can copy it and post it on your site as long as you acknowledge www.greenpeace.org.uk as the source. You can also hang one of our banners (virtual ones) - check the banners page and pick your favourite.

What's running our site?

The IT sector is one of the fastest growing emitters of greenhouse gases as bigger and bigger server farms pop up to run the likes of Facebook, Google, ITunes and the many commercial sites and services online. So naturally when we went looking for a reliable server to host our new website, we wanted to find the greenest option in the UK.

And we’re happy to say that our website is now being run by power from a combined heat and power station.

A combined heat and power plant is the most efficient means of getting energy from carbon sources since the heat is not wasted like in conventional power stations, it gets captured and used for heating and hot water. These types of power plants can reach as much as 90% efficiency compared to coal-fired power stations which are only about 30% efficient.

The Rackspace data centre where our little server churns away is on the Slough Trading Estate which gets its energy from Slough Heat and Power (now owned by SSE). Slough also gets about 85% of its fuel from wood chips provided by local tree surgeons making it even better for our climate.

Combined heat and power stations have a key role to play in the transition to a low carbon future, and the IT companies that are getting their energy from efficient and renewable sources are leading the way for the rest of their industry.

The site is built on the open source platform Drupal by Torchbox. The folks at Torchbox are pretty green too - they are commited to environmental sustainability, like to cycle, recycle and compete with each other to lower their individual carbon emissions.

Problems?

If any of the videos, animations or games aren't working, it probably means you need to download a plug-in (a piece of software) that will allow you to watch or use some of the content on our site - please see our plug-ins page. If you have any more questions about the website, please visit our website FAQs or get in touch.

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