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Vancouver-born Greenpeace Celebrates 40th anniversary

August 15, 2011

11 August 2011 (Vancouver) – This September, Greenpeace will celebrate its 40th anniversary with two local events befitting the organization’s founding in Vancouver.

Mayor Gregor Robertson will proclaim “Greenpeace Day” for the organization’s birthday on September 15th, which will be followed by a public, outdoor festival on the 17th.

The Rainbow Warrior Festival will feature campaign workshops, banner painting, Zodiac rides, climb training, a historical photo exhibit, musical acts and special guest speakers. It’s an opportunity for the whole family to spend a day outdoors and learn about environmental activism.

“Greenpeace Day” will feature a proclamation from the mayor that will be accepted by Kumi Naidoo, international executive director of Greenpeace and a musical performance by 10-year old activist Ta’Kaiya Blaney from the Sliammon First Nation.

Greenpeace was founded by activists intent on shutting down U.S. underground nuclear tests on the island of Amchitka, Alaska. They set sail aboard the Phyllis Cormack on September 15th, 1971, a voyage which sparked global interest in the group and condemnation for nuclear testing. Although a bomb was still detonated, nuclear testing ended that same year and the island was later declared a bird sanctuary.

Since then, Greenpeace has been pivotal in driving science-based solutions for the planet like the landmark Great Bear Rainforest Agreement and will soon launch its most environmental ship ever, the Rainbow Warrior III.

Event details:

1)      “Greenpeace Day” proclamation with Mayor Robertson at the Vancouver Maritime Museum, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. on September 15th
2)      Rainbow Warriors Festival at Jericho Beach, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on September 17th

Greenpeace is the world’s largest, independent environmental organization with 2.9 million supporters and offices in over 41 countries. And unless we hear otherwise, it’s the largest, most recognizable organization ever to be founded in Vancouver.

Event details and information on Greenpeace’s anniversary are available at

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