Friday, February 19, 2010

The Beginning of Greenpeace, 1970


Greenpeace Canada is set to release an exclusive two-disc, re-mastered live recording Amchitka, the 1970 concert that launched Greenpeace, featuring Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and the late Phil Ochs. The concert, a fundraiser to protest U.S. nuclear bomb tests near Amchitka, Alaska is available exclusively through Greenpeace and all proceeds will benefit the organization.

We are pleased to offer this musical slice of history to Greenpeace supporters and music lovers around the world,said Bruce Cox, Greenpeace Canada's executive director.

This CD is a piece of musical magic. It contains never before heard songs, duets and chatter that capture the confidence and hope of the times. It carries a timeless message that change is possible.

The concert, which took place at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, British Columbia on 16 October 1970, was organized by former trial lawyer and activist Irving Stowe. As co-director of the Don't Make A Wave Committee, he raised enough money to send 11 peace activists by boat, christened The Greenpeace, to the Aleutian Island of Amchitka. The activists were unsuccessful in stopping the tests, but their voyage in 1971 marks the birth of the worldwide organization known today as Greenpeace.

The Amchitka voyage would not have happened without the concert,and so we owe a debt of gratitude to Irving Stowe, and the talents of Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and Phil Ochs for generating the momentum that ultimately launched Greenpeace, continued Cox. The activists that traveled to Amchitka set the example that has guided and defined Geenpeace: non-violent direct action to protect our environment and motivate societal change.

The upcoming release features concert performances by then-rising Canadian star Joni Mitchell and a 22-year old James Taylor. Protest singer, Phil Ochs kicks off the CD. Earlier that year Mitchell had been named Top Female Performer of 1970 by Melody Maker magazine and Taylor had released his major breakthrough album Sweet Baby James. Of the historic concert, Amchitka emcee and Canadian broadcaster, Terry David Mulligan says, The crew of The Greenpeace took hold of our hearts and minds and pulled all of us along. As always, music carried the day.

Greenpeace is an independently funded organization that works to protect the environment. The organization challenges government and industry to halt harmful practices by negotiating solutions, conducting scientific research,introducing clean alternatives, carrying out peaceful acts of civil disobedience and educating and engaging the public. For more information on Greenpeace, visit

For more information on the Amchitka release and press materials, please contact:

Liz Campanile
Spencer Tripp, Communications Director, Greenpeace Canada <>




Ford Focus Zetec said...

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Dossier Surendettement said...

Hi. I'm a fellow environmentalist from France. Have you read the book "Silent Spring" which helped launch the Green Peace movement?

It is about the uncontrolled spraying of DDT in the environment and it's effect on Human.

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