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Greenpeace states its goal as to "ensure the ability of the earth to nurture life in all its diversity".

Greenpeace evolved from the peace movement and anti-nuclear protests in Vancouver, British Columbia in the early 1970's.

• In a few years Greenpeace spread to several countries and started to campaign on other environmental issues such as commercial whaling and toxic waste.
• In the late 1970's the different regional Greenpeace groups formed Greenpeace International to oversee the goals and operations of the regional organizations globally.

• In the following years Greenpeace evolved into one of the largest environmental organizations in the world.

Greenpeace is an independent global campaigning organisation that acts to change attitudes and behaviour, to protect and conserve the environment and to promote peace by:
Catalysing an energy revolution to address the number one threat facing our planet: climate change. Defending our oceans by challenging wasteful and destructive fishing, and creating a global network of marine reserves. Protecting the world’s remaining ancient forests which are depended on by many animals, plants and people. Working for disarmament and peace by reducing dependence on finite resources and calling for the elimination of all nuclear weapons. Creating a toxic free future with safer alternatives to hazardous chemicals in today's products and manufacturing. Campaigning for sustainable agriculture by encouraging socially and ecologically responsible farming practices.

• November 2009: Household chemical giant Clorox announces a phase out of the use and transport of dangerous chlorine gas in the US, bowing to years of pressure on the industry from Greenpeace.

• October 2009: Apple clears the last hurdle to removing toxic PVC plastic in its new Macbook and iMac, capping the "Green my Apple" campaign with a win and making Apple products safer, easier to recycle and causing less pollution at the end of their life.
• October 2009: Plans to build the Kingsnorth coal power plant are shelved, following a three-year campaign by Greenpeace to stop the first new coal-plant build in 20 years in the UK. A landmark courtcase in 2008 acquitted six Greenpeace activists of criminal damage on the grounds that their actions against the plant were justified to stop greater damage from climate change.

• August 2009: In a tremendous victory for ancient forests, KimberlyClark, the company known for its popular brands like Kleenex, Scott, and Cottonelle announces a policy that places it among the industry leaders in sustainability. The announcement brings the five-year Greenpeace Kleercut campaign to a successful completion.

• August 2009: After seven years of Greenpeace pressure, Finnish government-owned logging company Metsähallitus agrees to leave the tall trees of the old-growth forests of northern Lapland standing, and with them, the livelihood of the Sámi people.
• April 2009: Germany announces that it will become the sixth EU country to ban the cultivation of Monsanto’s genetically engineered (GE) maize MON810 - the only GE crop that can be commercially grown in the region.

• March 2009: The construction of an open-pit coal mine in Poland, where Greenepace set up a Climate Rescue Station in December 2008, is suspended, stopping around 50 million tonnes of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere.

• March 2009: The Great Bear Rainforest protection agreement comes into force in Canada, capping one of Greenpeace's longest running campaigns by protecting an area half the size of Switzerland from logging. The campaign was won with direct non-violent action on the ground, consumer pressure, stockholder actions, and thousands of online activists worldwide. More • February 2009: Following a six-month long Quit Coal campaign by Greenpeace, the Greek Minister of Development states that the government is not considering coal or nuclear power as part of Greece's energy future. Instead the Greek government will be rewriting its LongTerm Energy Plan to exclude coal and promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. More • February 2009: Electronics giant Philips bows to pressure from Greenpeace and consumers and becomes a leader in environmentally friendly take-back policies for electronic waste. An amibitous policy of global take-back exceeds legal requirements in many countries. More

• Friends of the Earth was founded in 1969 in the United States by David Brower after his split with the Sierra Club based in part on their reluctance to challenge the construction of nuclear power plants. • It became an international network in 1971 with a meeting of representatives from the U.S., Sweden, the UK and France. • Friends of the Earth International (FOEI) is an international network of environmental organizations in 77 countries • Friends of the Earth International are the world's largest grassroots environmental network and they campaign on today's most urgent environmental and social issues.

Friends of the Earth's mission is to be the human voice of the earth to bring about a peaceful, just, equitable and sustainable society, respectful of present and future generations by inspiring change and promoting solutions.
We strive to promote sustainable development and to ensure that human activities do not harm other living creatures. Engage in vibrant campaigns, raise awareness, and mobilise people to participate in public decision making.

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Develop creative solutions based on sound knowledge and information, promoting alternatives to environmentally harmful behaviours.
Lobby, mobilise and influence the policy community towards a more just and sustainable society. Strengthen FoE Malta through capacity building and to cooperate with other likeminded local and international organisations.

1. The current campaign priorities of Friends of the Earth internationally are:
– – – – economic justice and resisting neoliberalism forests and biodiversity food sovereignty climate justice and energy

2. In addition to the priority campaign areas Friends of the Earth International has a number of other campaign areas which are active internationally. They include:
– – – – – – desertification Antarctica water maritime mining and extractive industries nuclear power

3. All FoE International campaigns incorporate elements of three core themes which are:
– – – protecting human and environmental rights protecting the planet's disappearing biodiversity the repayment of ecological debt owed by rich countries to those they have exploited.

• UN climate talks 2009: copenhagen
– As world leaders met in Copenhagen to discuss efforts to tackle global warming, Friends of the Earth International called on the rich industrialised countries, which have historically emitted the most greenhouse gases, to agree to urgent and dramatic cuts in their emissions starting NOW.

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– Friends of the Earth International have submitted a grievance against members of the roundtable on sustainable palm oil (RSPO) who sit on the board of the Malaysian Palm Oil Council and have repeatedly broken RSPO's code of conduct. – "Members will not make any misleading or unsubstantiated claims about the production, procurement or use of sustainable palm oil."

• Economic justice - resisting neoliberalism
– Friends of the Earth International challenges the influence of big corporations and questions neoliberal policies and trade that do not take people’s needs into account. Our campaigns aim to change the course of the economy in a dynamic, creative and constructive way. We share the inspiration and the positive experiences with old and new, just and sustainable development thinking and practices.

• www.greenpeace.org • www.foei.org • www.wikipedia.org