Greenpeace, international organization that promotes environmental awareness and addresses environmental abuse through direct, nonviolent confrontations with governments and companies. Founded in 1971 to oppose U.S. nuclear testing in Alaska, the organization has fought to protect endangered species, stop the dumping of hazardous waste, and strengthen national and international laws that regulate environmental affairs. A small organization largely dependent on voluntary funding, it has used wide media exposure to draw attention to its causes. Rainbow Warrior, a Greenpeace ship scheduled to protest French atmospheric nuclear weapons tests, was blown up in Auckland Harbour, New Zealand, on July 10, 1985, by French intelligence agents. The resulting scandal caused the resignation of France's minister of defense and the firing of the head of France's intelligence service.

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Greenpeace: Selected full-text books and articles

U.S. Consumer Interest Groups: Institutional Profiles By Loree Bykerk; Ardith Maney Greenwood Press, 1995
Librarian's tip: "Greenpeace" begins on p. 118
Environmental Activism and World Civic Politics By Paul Wapner State University of New York Press, 1996
Librarian's tip: Chap. 3 "Greenpeace and Political Globalism"
Environment Ethics and the Corporation By Grant Ledgerwood; Arlene Idol Broadhurst Macmillan, 2000
Librarian's tip: Chap. 5 "Greenpeace: Case Study of an NGO Multinational Enterprise"
Collective Behavior and Public Opinion: Rapid Shifts in Opinion and Communication By Jaap Van Ginneken Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2003
Librarian's tip: "Case Number Six: Greenpeace Makes a Wave" begins on p. 125
Case Histories in Business Ethics By Chris Megone; Simon J. Robinson Routledge, 2002
Librarian's tip: Chap. 3 "Shell, Greenpeace and Brent Spar: The Politics of Dialogue"
Ecospeak: Rhetoric and Environmental Politics in America By M. Jimmie Killingsworth; Jacqueline S. Palmer Southern Illinois University Press, 1992
Librarian's tip: "Greenpeace and the Rhetoric of Resistance" begins on p. 195
Ideas and Actions in the Green Movement By Brian Doherty Routledge, 2002
Librarian's tip: Chap. 5 "Mass Environmental Movement Organisations"
Democracy and Environmental Movements in Eastern Europe: A Comparative Study of Hungary and Russia By Katy Pickvance Westview Press, 1998
Librarian's tip: "Greenpeace of Russia" begins on p. 121
Green Power: The Environment Movement in Australia By Timothy Doyle University of New South Wales Press, 2000
Librarian's tip: "Greenpeace" begins on p. 80
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