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and pick-up trucks are responsible for about 20% of the carbon dioxide
released into the air.
was founded on 1971, in Vancouver, Canada. Its main focus at that time
was to protest against nuclear testing in America. Soon, its main focus
moved on to other global issues such as global warming and whaling.
This group is famous for its campaigning and has been quite established
This is its official mission statement:
"Greenpeace is an independent,
campaigning organization which uses peaceful direct action and creative
communication to expose global environmental problems, and to force
solutions for a green and peaceful future. Greenpeace's goal is to
ensure the ability of the earth to nurture life in all its diversity."
--- Quoted from <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenpeace#Mission_statement>
What are they doing?
- Combat climate change through
energy revolution. (change way of producing energy)
- Protect the Earth’s
- Protect the World’s
- To have world peace and to stop
all nuclear testing.
- To stop the use of toxic
- To provide a continuous stream
of food supply by stopping plant genetic experiments.
--- Quoted from
In order to have their influence
“expanded”, Greenpeace has set up regional offices
all around the world, 27 offices around the world, influencing a total
of 41 countries.
- Greenpeace Australia-Pacific
- Greenpeace Central and Eastern Europe
- Greenpeace Belgium
- Greenpeace Brazil
- Greenpeace Canada
- Greenpeace Chile
- Greenpeace China
- Greenpeace Czech Republic
- Greenpeace France
- Greenpeace Germany
- Greenpeace Greece
- Greenpeace India
- Greenpeace Italy
- Greenpeace Japan
- Greenpeace Luxembourg
- Greenpeace Mediterranean
- Greenpeace Mexico
- Greenpeace Netherlands
- Greenpeace New Zealand
- Greenpeace Nordic
- Greenpeace Russia
- Greenpeace Southeast Asia
- Greenpeace Spain
- Greenpeace Switzerland
- Greenpeace United Kingdom
- Greenpeace USA
| Friends of the Earth
Friends of the Earth, having a few million
members around the world, is one of the largest international
environmental organization. Founded in 1971 by four organizations from
4 different countries, they now campaign against global issues such as
whaling and nuclear testing, etc. Actually, it was founded in 1969 by
David Brower after he split up with the Sierra Club, though it became
only international on 1971. Their main focus is to find environmental
friendly solutions to solve the growing problems of today’s
Mission and Vision:
Our vision is of a peaceful and sustainable world based on societies
living in harmony with nature. We envision a society of interdependent
people living in dignity, wholeness and fulfillment in which equity and
human and peoples' rights are realized.
This will be a society built upon peoples' sovereignty and
participation. It will be founded on social, economic, gender and
environmental justice and free from all forms of domination and
exploitation, such as neoliberalism, corporate globalization,
neo-colonialism and militarism.
We believe that our children's future will be better because of what we
- To collectively ensure
environmental and social justice, human dignity, and respect for human
rights and peoples' rights so as to secure sustainable societies.
- To halt and reverse
environmental degradation and depletion of natural resources, nurture
the earth's ecological and cultural diversity, and secure sustainable
- To secure the empowerment of
indigenous peoples, local communities, women, groups and individuals,
and to ensure public participation in decision making.
- To bring about transformation
towards sustainability and equity between and within societies with
creative approaches and solutions.
- To engage in vibrant campaigns,
raise awareness, mobilize people and build alliances with diverse
movements, linking grassroots, national and global struggles.
- To inspire one another and to
harness, strengthen and complement each other's capacities, living the
change we wish to see and working together in solidarity. "
--- Quoted from
- To stop climate changees around the world
- Stop genetic engineering
- Saving Forests
- Trades that will have a negative impact
on the environment.
- Saying no to nuclear testing
| World Wide Fund For Nature
The World Wide Fund for Nature, or more
commonly known as WWF, is another big non-governmental organization
that is working to preserve and restore nature. With its presence being
felt in more than 100 countries, it is dedicated to:
To stop the degradation of the
planet's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live
in harmony with nature, by:
- conserving the world's biological
- ensuring that the use of renewable
natural resources is sustainable
- promoting the reduction of pollution and
To guide WWF in its task of
achieving the mission goals, the following principles have been
adopted. WWF will:
- be global, independent, multicultural and
non party political
- use the best available scientific
information to address issues and critically evaluate all its
- seek dialogue and avoid unnecessary
- build concrete conservation solutions
through a combination of field based projects, policy initiatives,
capacity building and education work
- involve local communities and indigenous
peoples in the planning and execution of its field programmes,
respecting their cultural as well as economic needs
- strive to build partnerships with other
organizations, governments, business and local communities to enhance
- run its operations in a cost effective
manner and apply donors’ funds according to the highest
standards of accountability. "
mission statement and guiding principles quoted from
Officially formed on 11 September 1961, it
raises funds to either conduct conservation projects, or to cooperate
with other non-governmental or governmental environmental organizations
for other conservation projects. Soon, after its main focus of
protecting wild life was fulfilled, it expanded its projects to other
global problems such as pollution.
Interested in these issues:
- Climate Change ----- To find solutions to
- Forest ----- To save trees
- Freshwater ----- To conserve
- Marine ----- To save marine life and
their ecosystem, and also to preserve the animals’ habitat.
- Endangered Species ----- Saving animal
species that are endangers and their habitat so as to prevent their
- Sustainability ----- The sustainability
of resources such as trees, freshwater, energy, etc so that they will
never run out.
Having an impact worldwide, with its
influence over 100 countries, it is working towards a harmonious future
with humans and nature working together in harmony.
More information can be found at http://www.panda.org.
| The Forests and European Union
Resource Network (FERN)
FERN, or The Forest and European Union
Resource Network, is a non-governmental environmental organization. It
is quite new compared to other environmental organizations. FERN was
founded by the World Rainforest Movement to coordinate environmental
campaigns and activities together with other environmental
organizations to save the forests. Though its main focus is to save the
forests, it is now also concerned about other activities that harm the
forests such as climate change. Starting with only 2 people, FERN has
now 7 full-time and 1 part-time staffs working in it.
“FERN aims to achieve
environmental and social justice, focusing on forests and forest
peoples’ rights in the policies and practices of the European
Quoted from FERN offical website
- Climate Change ----- Carbon dioxide in
the world is increasing, cutting use of fossil fuel is the only way.
- Forests and Biodiversity ----- Protecting
forests and all species of life and being in the world, preventing them
- Trade and Investment ----- To give proper
environmental, human rights, etc guidelines to EU-based ECAs.
- Development Aid ----- To improve the
quality of the EC aid program, so that forests and the forest
peoples’ rights will be preserved.
- Forest Peoples’ Rights ----- To
protect the rights of the forest people and let them know of the
practices and policies of the EU.
More information at http://www.fern.org.
stands for Environmental Challenge Organisation Singapore. It is a
non-governmental organisation (NGO), as well as a non-profit
organisation based in Singapore. It aims to create a voluntary
environmental organisation. Basically, it’s reaches out to
youths to encourage them to take the initiative and to choose to live
environmental friendly, sustainable lifestyles. ECO Singapore was
registered under the Registrar of Societies, Singapore in 2002, but it
was not until 2005 when it started to operate. It has now become one of
the most prominent NGO environmental organisations in Singapore. It
also cooperates with other environmental organisations in Singapore to
host events. It also holds talks for schools and participates in
environmental events, campaigns and projects such as the NYEF (National
Youth Environmental Forum) and the “Things You Can
Do” campaign and the ECO House project.
Vision and Mission:
- To be the leading environmental body
advocating sustainable lifestyle for youth.
- To challenge youth of age 17-35 to adopt
a sustainable lifestyle and embrace environmental issues holistically*.
- To drive local and global environmental
- To support environmental
activities/initiatives as a resource platform involving other
--- Quoted from
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