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.

And then there were none: John West changes its tuna to drop FADs

Posted by simon clydesdale — 25 July 2011 at 11:00pm - Comments
A Greenpeace activist cuts the lines on a fish aggregating device (FAD) - curren
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A Greenpeace activist cuts the lines on a fish aggregating device (FAD) - banned in pockets of the Pacific Ocean

You did it! Today John West, the last of the major UK players to resist a shift to sustainable tuna, finally committed to change their tuna. After more than 51,000 emails, a lot of negotiation, some interesting stickering initiatives, and becoming utterly isolated amongst the UK industry, John West have changed their policies.

Change your tuna goes global as NZ and Canada turn the heat on their tins

Posted by Gemma Freeman — 20 June 2011 at 2:51pm - Comments
GPNZ tinned tuna activists outside Sealord HQ in Auckland
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GPNZ tinned tuna activists outside Sealord HQ in Auckland

Our campaign for sustainable tinned tuna has gained huge public and media support in the UK, acclaimed as ‘one of the most successful environmental campaigns in years’ by The Independent. And now the campaign to protect the Pacific by cleaning up tinned tuna has gone global...

A change in tuna policy: Morrisons move means all UK supermarkets switch

Posted by Willie — 12 April 2011 at 8:35am - Comments
Tuna caught in the Pacific Ocean
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Tuna caught in the Pacific Ocean

Brilliant news! Morrisons has announced a new policy on tinned tuna, committing to stop sourcing fish caught via destructive fishing methods: this means that now all major UK supermarkets have now changed their policy towards being more sustainable. This leaves John West as the last major supplier left that still needs to change its tuna.

You did it! Princes will indeed change their tuna, and so will Asda

Posted by jamie — 9 March 2011 at 11:48am - Comments
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It's with enormous pleasure that I can reveal that Princes has (finally) got the message that bycatch is killing the oceans and has announced that it will clean up its tinned tuna.

Tesco escapes last place in new tinned tuna league table with spectacular policy u-turn

Posted by jamie — 9 January 2011 at 9:40am - Comments
Tesco was bottom of our tinned tuna league table before a nifty u-turn
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Tesco was bottom of our tinned tuna league table before a nifty u-turn

Update, 9 March 2011: both Princes and Asda have committed to removing tuna caught using fish aggregating devices in combination with purse seine nets from their supply chains by 2014. Read more >>

Having got wind of our new tinned tuna league table (see below) and the fact that it was going to come last, Tesco has done a spectacular u-turn. After being the subject of a Greenpeace investigation, it has radically improved its policy on the fishing methods it will permit for its own-brand tuna.