How to begin a review of Greenpeace’s impact in 2020? It was a challenging year, when Covid-19 made the world around us unfamiliar and when so many of us faced great sadness and uncertainty.
And yet, even in the midst of a global pandemic, some things remained inspiringly familiar. As we all became more aware than ever of the value of nature – and of the need to protect it – the dedication and determination of the whole Greenpeace community never wavered. If anything, in a year when we were vividly confronted with climate, nature and health emergencies, our staff and supporters responded with unprecedented energy.
It’s true that in one sense 2020 was a year of postponement. Major global summits on our climate, on biodiversity and on ocean protection were delayed until 2021. The focus of the world’s governments was rightly on controlling the pandemic. But the last thing this report suggests is an organisation kicking its heels. From facemask-wearing Greenpeace volunteers targeting forest-destroying supermarkets to our ship crews documenting illegal fishing and taking direct action to stop it, we never stood still. As the months passed, hundreds of thousands of people joined our campaigns to protect our forests and oceans and to build a green, safe and peaceful future after the pandemic.