GREENPEACE began with a small group of people who decided to get together to protest nuclear testing at Amchitka, off the west coast of Alaska. After that they went on to form GREENPEACE and later initiated campaigns on major environmental issues. One of the principles of GREENPEACE is to “bear witness” – or to witness and record environmental destruction. The principle of direct action together with peaceful confrontation, the cornerstone of GREENPEACE campaign.
Southeast Asia is very significant for the future of the planet earth.The legacy of the natural wealth existing in the region worth fighting for its preservation. However, as the growing sectors of the economy and the industry as rapidly in the last 30 years has also caused considerable environmental damage. Environmental impact in this area also extends to the outer limits of Southeast Asian countries. Severe environmental degradation has been experienced across Southeast Asia. In addition to the financial crisis that hit Asia recently, pollution and destruction of natural resources is getting worse, while multinational corporations and industrialized countries lead the region to expand their operations and environmentally destructive technologies. What is exacerbating this problem is the lack of public awareness about environmental degradation Asia and the weak mechanisms of democracy to strengthen society in influencing decision making.Seeing the importance and development potential threat in this region, and in order to consolidate and develop its campaign in Southeast Asia, Greenpeace increase its activities in the region.
Greenpeace has been a lot of work in many regions in Asia. Our work in this area, including stopping the importation of hazardous waste, radioactive shipments against, campaigned against the destruction of forests, lobby government on issues of sustainable energy and highlights the dangers of burning waste. Often together with other local groups, Greenpeace has been mobilizing successful campaign in the Philippines, Taiwan, India, and Indonesia. We have been committed to developing our presence in Asia in the late 80s and early 90s, and Greenpeace opened its first office in Japan (1989) and later in China (1997). Initial assessment was also carried out in Southeast Asia with particular focus on Indonesia and the Philippines.
Southeast Asia is a key position to determine the safety of the global environment. Over the past 30 years, Greenpeace has campaigned to successful in industrialized countries to reduce and eliminate pollution and environmental degradation. However, the efforts and achievements can be easily reversed when multinational companies are still exporting dirty technology that resulted in a decrease of environmental impact in the region. Thus, after exploratory many years and campaigned in key countries, Greenpeace finally managed to open an office in the region.Sercara Greenpeace Southeast Asia was formally established on March 1, 2000.
The Mission Of Greenpeace Southeast Asia
Protecting the rights of the environment
Exposing and stopping environmental crimes
Advance clean development
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