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• Greenpeace España ~ Greenpeace Spain •

GreenpeaceGreenpeace España is the Spanish section of international non-governmental environmental organization Greenpeace, which since its founding in 1971 has relied on direct action, lobbying and research conducted through more than 40 offices worldwide to campaign on a range of local and global issues, primarily related to climate change, deforestation, over-fishing, commercial whaling, genetic engineering and nuclear power.

In addition to supporting Greenpeace’s global campaigns, Greenpeace España focuses its efforts in Spain on developing local campaigns, direct action and environmental education programs, as well as communicating to the public both the environmental problems facing Spain and possible solutions.

Greenpeace España did not exist legally in Spain until 1984, but the global organisation’s direct actions in Spain began earlier, when during the summers of 1978 and 1980 its Rainbow Warrior flagship confronted the Spanish whaling fleet that still existed at the time, influencing the eventual decision by Spain to abandon whaling altogether in 1985. In 1982, local Greenpeace activists aboard the fishing boat Xurelo intercepted and impeded a Dutch merchant vessel from dumping radioactive waste 500 kilometers off the coast of Galicia, an action which caused the Dutch government to act to ban dumping of radioactive waste at sea.

In the intervening years, Greenpeace España has been a leader in environmental activism in Spain, securing the successful closure of the Zorita nuclear plant and the successful closure of the illegal Hotel Algarrobico in Almeria, working to prohbit driftnet fishing, ban the use of antipersonnel mines and cluster bombs, to enact the Koto protocol, raise awareness about climate change and help make Spain a recognized global leader in the use of renewable resources and sustainable energy practices.

Greenpeace España is financed exclusively through contributions from its more than 100,000 members in Spain and does not accept any funding from government, political parties, or private sector companies or corporations.

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► Read Progressive Spain news coverage of Greenpeace España, here …

Updated as of 03/2018

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