One of the most well known and influential environmental activist groups doing great work today is Green Peace. Making a bold stand against anything that puts the well being of the Earth's environment and humanity's personal well being at risk, Green Peace has made great strides in making all of our lives here on Earth much safer and healthier than they would be if things were left unchecked as they often are.
Green Peace was formed in 1971 when a group of independent activists navigated a boat off the coast of Alaska to protest U.S. nuclear testing on the island of Amchitka. One of the first successes of many (the U.S. soon abandoned its nuclear testing), Green Peace has been a strong influence over governments and corporations worldwide to get them to take a closer look at the repercussions of putting profits over planet. With its own fleet of ships, groups in over forty countries and three million plus members, Green Peace has the global reach to mobilize resources when any environmental threat arises.
Green Peace works to make change in several ways. By backing extensive investigation and research projects, Green Peace provides proof to uncover large corporate and government operated practices that are putting the environment at risk. Green Peace also uses non-violent confrontation to draw public attention to irresponsible activities such as nuclear testing, like they first did in 1971.
Other issues on Green Peace's activism agenda include protecting the Earth's oceans and ancient forests, putting an end to genetically engineered food, cleaning up industrial activities, phasing out the use of toxic chemicals and replacing fossil fuel energy sources with renewable energy sources like wind and solar power.
Green Peace does not end its work by bearing witness to the activities jeopardizing the Earth and our personal well being - they promote the solutions that do indeed exist this day and age. New members are always welcome. If you would like to join them in their efforts, stop by Greenpeace.org to sign up. Or, if you can't afford a donation, tell somebody else about the great work they are doing. Remember, it's the little things that make a difference.