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Greenpeace Day- The Story

National Greenpeace Day is a non-governmental environmental organisation that focuses its campaigning on global issues such as climate change, deforestation, over fishing, genetic engineering, commercial whaling, and anti-nuclear issues. It was first established by Gregor Robertson and observed in the year 2011. Originally Greenpeace was founded on September 15, 1971, by a group of 17 activists. The activists on this day had protested in Vancouver against the nuclear testing that was about to take place in the off shores of Alaska in the hope of stopping it. They held a benefit concert to raise money. The activists then chartered a ship with the handwritten name Greenpeace on it, and departed from the shore of Canada to the Alaskan island to protest the nuclear test out at sea. Unfortunately, the activists had to return due to the bad weather. Despite this, Greenpeace had made a tremendous impact on the world by bringing awareness about nature-related issues. Since then, Greenpeace has had a lot of victories and is still one of the best known environmental groups in the world.

Our globe is under new dramatic environmental pressure: our globe is warming, our ice caps melting, our glaciers receding, our coral is dying, our soils are eroding, our water tables falling, our fisheries are being depleted, our remaining rainforests shrinking. Something is very, very wrong with our eco-system. – Richard Lamm

Greenpeace Day- Today

Celebrating National Greenpeace Day is very simple. Indulge yourself by taking part in saving the mother earth with simple activities. Activities include switching off your lights, putting waste in either the recycle or green waste bins, ride a bicycle instead of driving a car, encourage people to save endangered species etc. Go green and volunteer yourself to help raise awareness for Greenpeace issues at a local Greenpeace Day rally.

If you want to make a greater change, visit the website of your local Greenpeace office to see what they are working on. You can also contact your local Greenpeace office to find out if you can volunteer. You can find out about available jobs with the global organisation or become a financial supporter, if you are not one already.

SOURCE: www.greenpeace.org