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Greenpeace celebrates 50 years defence of the planet



Greenpeace celebrates 50 years of fearless defence of the
planet

SYDNEY, Sept 15 2021 – The
iconic global environmental organisation Greenpeacetoday
celebrates its fiftieth year of fighting for a greener,
fairer and more peaceful world.

From the founding
voyage in 1971 of a group of activists in a rickety boat to
stop nuclear testing in Alaska to the bombing of the Rainbow
Warrior in Auckland Harbour, sending boats to block Japanese
whalers in Antarctic waters, and the gaoling of the
‘Arctic 30’ in Russia following a peaceful protest
against oil giant Gazprom, Greenpeace is synonymous with
fearless, courageous defence of the environment against all
odds.

“I’ve loved Greenpeace since I was a kid,
admiring the courage, creativity and determination of people
from all over the world, working together to stop nuclear
testing, and to take on the biggest polluters and
environmental destroyers on the planet,” Greenpeace
Australia Pacific Chief Executive, David Ritter
said.

“From the preservation of Antarctica for
nature and science to the end of nuclear testing, the
banning of drift-net fishing and the phasing out of
ozone-destroying CFCs, there’s no denying the massive
impact of Greenpeace.

“Today, we’ve got more than
a million people as part of the Greenpeace network in
Australia Pacific alone. Along with our proud independence –
we don’t accept funds from any government or business
anywhere in the world – this is what gives us the strength
to take on the greatest threats to our climate and
environment.”

Globally, Greenpeace is active in 28
countries with 3.3 million supporters. Greenpeace Australia
Pacific is one of the world’s longest-running Greenpeace
offices, emerging from a successful campaign in 1977 to
close Australia’s last whaling stations in Albany, Western
Australia.

The organisation has more than 1.2 million
Australian supporters, leading the fight against climate
change and supporting our Pacific neighbours on the
frontlines of the climate crisis.

“Collaboration
with other organisations and with communities is also
fundamental, because when we act together we can achieve
greater impact faster.”

Selected Greenpeace
Australia Pacific Highlights

1977 – Successfully
campaigned to close the last Australia whaling station in
Albany.

1985 – Evacuated 200 adults and children
aboard the Rainbow Warrior from Rongelap Island, which was
suffering from nuclear fallout from 1954 US nuclear
tests

1987 – Established the World Park Base in the
Antarctic in order to allow Greenpeace to have a place in
the Antarctic Treaty Nations, which it used to push for the
adoption of an Environmental Protocol including a 50-year
minimum prohibition on mineral exploitation.

1994 –
Greenpeace Australia brings the world’s first climate
change court case.

2001 – Greenpeace captures the
first images of Japanese whalers hunting in the
Antarctic.

2004 – Greenpeace successfully campaigns to
end shale oil mining in Queensland.

2012 –
Supertrawlers are banned from Australian waters.

2017
– Australia becomes only the second country after the UK to
have eliminated less sustainable tuna fishing from the
retail market.

2020 – Norwegian oil giant Equinor
abandons plans to drill for oil in the Great Australian
Bight.

2021 – Greenpeace Australia Pacific defeats a
Federal Court challenge by Australia’s biggest climate
polluter, electricity giant AGL and helps secure the right
to freedom of expression.

Notes

IMAGE LIBRARY:
A
collection of the most iconic Greenpeace photographs over
five decades

MEDIA
BRIEFING
– background and stories from Greenpeace’s
50-year history

Videos of iconic campaign moments by
decade

Greenpeace
50th Anniversary Video (Clean)

Greenpeace
Highlights: 1970s (Videos)

Greenpeace
Highlights: 1980s (Videos)

Greenpeace
Highlights: 1990s (Videos)

Greenpeace
Highlights: 2000s (Videos)

Greenpeace
Highlights: 2010s
(Videos)

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