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. They now employ 50 staff and have a roster of 300 volunteers and grassroots activists.

“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, 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. 

Greenpeace’s primary goal over the next three years as set down in the 2021-2023 Strategic Plan is to expose and disrupt the corrosive power the fossil fuel lobby has over our democracy and within our region, to enable climate action at the necessary speed and scale as a critical step towards keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees and to protect biodiversity.

Greenpeace key tactics are a mix of public communication and consumer information, investigation and analysis, political and corporate lobbying, public outreach, traditional and social media communication, consumer awareness raising, public rallies and non-violent creative confrontation, have been used across our campaign areas. Total expenditure of $17,561,280 was down from $19,763,287 in 2019 and fundraising revenue increased to $18,537,709 that helped create a reserve of $6,646,181. The money is used to lobby corporate boardrooms and run national campaigns against large corporate targets.

Greenpeace Australia 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 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, electricity giant AGL and helps secure the right to freedom of expression.