Saturday, May 2, 2009

Greenpeace - 25th Anniversary - 1997

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Date of Issue: March 06, 1997
Scott #: 4141, 4142, 4143, 4144
Souvenir Sheet: 4145

Thanks to blogger friend Mr. Kallai Ladislau, Romania for sending me these set of stamps and souvenir sheet with MV Greenpeace III in various views.

Greenpeace is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) for the protection and conservation of the environment. It has a worldwide presence with national and regional offices in over 40 countries, which are affiliated to the Amsterdam-based Greenpeace International.

Greenpeace, originally known as the Greenpeace Foundation, was founded in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1971.

In 1972 the yacht Vega, a 12.5-metre (41 ft) ketch owned by David McTaggart (an eventual spokesman for Greenpeace International), was renamed Greenpeace III and sailed in an anti-nuclear protest (banner 'stop nuke transport' can be seen in the souvenir sheet) into the exclusion zone at Mururoa in French Polynesia to attempt to disrupt French atmospheric nuclear testing. This voyage was sponsored and organised by the New Zealand branch of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. CNDNZ and the New Zealand Peace Media had been lobbying the New Zealand Government and the New Zealand public to place pressure on Britain and France to agree to enforce a nuclear test ban in the South Pacific since the mid 1950s.

Click here for complete details on Greenpeace organization and its campaigns.

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