Today was a day I have at times feared might never come, but I’ve just emerged from a packed press conference in Jakarta for the launch of Asia Pulp & Paper’s new ‘Forest Conservation Policy’ aimed to end its involvement in deforestation.
Our first ever campaign, launched with the founding of Greenpeace in 1971, ultimately resulted in a global ban of nuclear weapons testing. Since then, we’ve played a pivotal role in a number of successes on the way to a greener, juster and more peaceful world, including:
- - the adoption of a ban on toxic waste exports to less developed countries
- - a moratorium on commercial whaling
- - a United Nations convention providing for better management of world fisheries
- - a Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary
- - a 50-year moratorium on mineral exploitation in Antarctica
- - bans on the dumping at sea of radioactive and industrial waste and disused oil installations and
- - an end to large-scale driftnet fishing on the high-seas.
Below are just a few of the positive environmental changes that Greenpeace has helped to bring about in the last few years (for a more comprehensive list, have a browse through our history). Every one of these successes was made possible by the generous financial help of our supporters.