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- Gerd Leipold, Executive Director, Greenpeace International
The directors of Greenpeace International, as of October 2009, are:
- Lalita Ramdas
- Ayesha Imam
- Dimitrios Vassilakis
- Fabio Feldmann
- Koon-Chung Chan
- Steve Francis
- Irmi Mussack
Greenpeace was founded in 1971 following a group of activists sailing an old fishing boat, the Phyllis Cormack, from Vancouver towards the island of Amchitka, Alaska in protest against proposed US underground nuclear testing. 
Greenpeace focuses its activities on:
- nuclear weapons
- nuclear energy
- the oceans – fisheries issues, whaling and pollution
- toxic chemicals
- genetic engineering
- climate change
- trade rules
- Greenpeace operates a fleet of several ocean-going ships used in protest and awareness raising
Funding and expenditures
“… Greenpeace does not seek or accept funding from governments, corporations or political parties or any other source that could compromise its aims and objectives, its independence or its integrity. Greenpeace relies wholly upon the voluntary donations of individual supporters and on grant support from foundations.” 
They also provide a breakdown of their expenditure and income (about $350m in 2003 for Greenpeace international and all regional subsidiaries) 
Though there does not seem to be any information about the foundations that give them money on their website, the financial breakdown from 2001 for Greenpeace international alone indicates that 118m of 143m came from individuals with 3.9m from foundations, 4.2m from major donors and 4.4m other income. 12.5m was left in legacies and bequests, so foundations constitute a relatively small proportion of income, assuming that the same is roughly true of the subsidiaries.
Greenpeace has referred to “independent foundations” , but it’s unclear what makes them independent.
- Bob Hunter, Warriors of the Rainbow: A Chronicle of the Greenpeace Movement, Henry Holt & Company, October, 1979, ISBN 0030437415
- David McTaggart, Greenpeace III: Journey into the bomb, Collins, 1978. ISBN 0002118858
- John May and Michael Brown, The Greenpeace Story, Dk Publishing*inc ISBN 086318328X
- Mark Warford (ed), Greenpeace Witness: Twenty-Five Years on the Environmental Front Line, Andre Deutsch, August 1, 1997. ISBN 0233990240
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Web: http://www.greenpeace.org/international/about/worldwide Websites of national/regional offices
Articles and resources
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- Thilo Bode – Executive Director, Greenpeace Germany (1989 -1995)
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- Clean and Safe Energy Coalition
- Conservatives target Greenpeace
- Criminalising civil disobedience
- Greenpeace Canada
- Greenpeace and Carbon Capture and Storage
- Greenpeace USA
- Mongoven, Biscoe & Duchin/Behind Enemy Lines
- Patrick Moore
- Public Interest Watch
- Precautionary principle
- Sandefer Capital Partners
- ‘Smart’ environmentalism
- Blair Palese
- José Carlos Libânio
- ? Greenpeace International, “Greenpeace International Board of Directors”, Greenpeace International website, accessed October 20, 2009.
- Sharon Beder, Offering Solutions or Compromises?, Chain Reaction 87, Friends of the Earth Australia, 2002, pp. 14-15,26-7.
- Chris Bunting, “No grey areas in a green’s world“, Times Higher Educational Supplement (UK), September 19, 2003. (Subscription only though a copy is archived here)
- Tobias Webb, “Does it pay to get into bed with business?“, Guardian (UK), February 25, 2005.
- Mark Sherman, “FBI Says It Has Files on Rights Groups“, Washington Post, July 17, 2005. (This is an Associated Press story).
- Captain Paul Watson, “The Other Whaling Industry: How Greenpeace Cashes In on the Suffering and Death of the Great Whales“, Counterpunch, February 8 / 10, 2008.
- Dru Oja Jay, “Greenpeace’s Corporate Overreach: Controversial Hire is an Opportunity to Start Building a Democratic Environmental Movement‘, Counterpunch, March 11, 2010.