By USA News Group (Originally in English)
In January 2012, a timely contribution of US$50,000 by Supreme Master Ching Hai enabled Greenpeace International to further their efforts in safeguarding our precious Earth.
Greenpeace International is an independent global organization that campaigns to share vital information and help change the attitude and behavior of people towards their immediate environment. It is comprised of a dedicated group of committed volunteers who advocate for the conservation of our planet’s ecosystem. They also promote peace amongst peoples from all nations. The organization does not accept donations from governments or corporations, relying mainly on support from individuals and foundation grants. Making its presence known in more than 40 countries across Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa and the Pacific, Greenpeace has 2.8 million supporters. The organization campaigns for the following urgent agendas:
(1) address the degradation of Earth’s health from the effects of climate change by advocating sustainable energy;
(2) defend and protect our oceans from destruction and overfishing, and create a global network of marine reserves;
(3) protect the world’s ancient rainforests and the biodiversities and people who depend on them for their survival and livelihood;
(4) work for the disarmament of and elimination of all nuclear weapons, and the fostering of peace between hostile countries and conflicting factions;
(5) work towards a toxic-free future with safer alternatives to hazardous chemicals in products and the manufacturing sectors; and finally,
(6) promote and lobby for sustainable and socially responsible agricultural practices, protect and conserve biodiversity in the process, and do away with genetically engineered organisms.
In their letter of acknowledgement and appreciation, Mr. Philip D. Radford, Executive Director of Greenpeace, mentioned that the generous contribution will help them to further meet their objectives in many parts of the world. He also said he was certain it would make a positive contribution to the then up-and-coming Rio Earth Summit from June 13 to 22, 2012 in Brazil.
At the Summit, Greenpeace launched the Save the Arctic campaign, which includes a petition encouraging world leaders to create a global sanctuary around the North Pole and ban offshore drilling and destructive industry in the Arctic. The initiative has gained over 6.8 million supporters around the world.