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.


APP commits to end deforestation!

Posted by Bustar Maitar - 5 February 2013 at 11:10am - Comments
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Great news for forest dwellers

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.

Major victory over Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, but more battles to come

Posted by bex - 19 January 2012 at 5:34pm - Comments
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Rubbish piled up on the barren ground of the tar sands outside Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada

President Obama has just said no to the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which was to carry tar sands oil from Alberta to Texas. Despite a fierce lobbying campaign by oil companies and by Canada's Harper government, Obama spiked the pipeline - in part thanks to an unprecedented and global grassroots uprising.

Victory! Facebook becomes friends with renewable energy

Posted by Eoin D - 15 December 2011 at 3:01pm - Comments

After nearly two years of mobilising, agitating and negotiating to green Facebook, the internet giant has today announced its goal to run on clean, renewable energy. More than 700,000 people from all over the world joined to make this possible! Facebook's message to energy producers is clear: invest now in renewable energy, and move away from coal power.

You did it! Mattel and Barbie drop the deforestation

Posted by jamie - 5 October 2011 at 11:42am - Comments
Ken dumps Barbie: banner on Mattel HQ
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Ken dumps Barbie: how our campaign launched in June

You read that right – following over half a million emails sent by you, Barbie has realised that toying with deforestation is no game. Mattel, the company behind Barbie, has decided that being involved in the destruction of Indonesia's rainforests is bad for business as well as the planet, and has dropped deforestation from its production line.

Detox hat-trick: Adidas joins Nike and Puma in ditching toxic chemicals

Posted by Eoin D - 31 August 2011 at 11:34am - Comments
Adidas is given the yellow card in Hong Kong for the use of toxic chemicals in t
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Adidas has agreed to play clean and has committed to removing toxic chemicals from its products

Adidas is going toxic-free, the company has just announced!

This is great news for our environment, rivers, and the millions of people in China and elsewhere who depend on rivers for drinking water and agriculture.