1. an organization founded in 1971 that stresses the need to maintain a balance between human progress and environmental conservation. Members take active but nonviolent measures against what are regarded as threats to environmental safety, such as the dumping of nuclear waste in the sea

An organization devoted to environmental activism, founded in the United States and Canada in 1971. Greenpeace has employed passive resistance in opposition to commercial whaling, the dumping of toxic waste into the sea, and nuclear testing. It is an example of an NGO.

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