Making waves: the origins and future of Greenpeace
In 1971, when nuclear tests were being carried out on a small island off the coast of Alaska, a group of people, believing that a few individuals could make a difference, set sail on an old fishing boat determined to put an end to the testing. Little did they think it would go on to become the largest environmental protection agency in the world.
Today, with offices in over thirty countries, supported by more than three million members worldwide, accredited with more than twenty-six international treaties, successful because of their ability to put pressure on national governments and global institutions, Greenpeace remains an independent, non-partisan and non-profit organization.
Written as a memoir by one of the three founders, this book is an important part of the history of the environmental movement. It is about the origins of the organization; about the identity and motivation of the people first involved; about their adventures and experiences; and about the development of the high profile direct action campaign methods which work for Greenpeace even to this day.